• Australian Grand Prix - FP2

Impossible to draw conclusions from free practice - Rosberg

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg: "To find out where we really are compared to the others was impossible in these conditions" © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg is not reading anything into the times during Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix, despite a promising showing from Mercedes.

Rosberg's team-mate Michael Schumacher set the fastest time in second practice and the third fastest lap overall, but a drying track in both sessions meant meaningful running was limited.

"I'm pleased with the start to our weekend today in these mixed conditions," Rosberg said. "We learned a lot for the race here in Melbourne over the two sessions, so it was a very productive day. I feel very comfortable in the car which is the most important thing for me today.

"So all went well and we had no surprises, however to find out where we really are compared to the others was impossible in these conditions. So I'm really looking forward to the next two days here."

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was pleased with how the day went, but also warned against using the timesheets as a form guide.

"It's obviously been a patchy day with the weather conditions, however we have achieved a reasonable amount of work on varying fuel levels. Whilst the overall picture is still not clear, Michael and Nico seem quite happy with the cars at the end of today's two practice sessions. Tomorrow should see a dry morning, and we will start to get a better perspective.

"Everything ran smoothly today which is a tribute to the team, and everyone at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth has done a very good job to prepare for this first race. So far at least, it's going well."