• Bahrain Grand Prix - FP2

Tyres still a concern - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg admits tyres will be a concern for the second weekend in a row in Bahrain, only this time as they get too cold in the latter stages of the race due to the cooler temperatures.

Rosberg's chase of Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia never materialised, partially due to a lack of grip and problems with managing the tyres. Though he was happy with both Friday practice sessions Rosberg believes the drivers have a whole new challenge in front of them.

"I was going well out there," Rosberg said. "Tyre temperatures are going to be less of an issue now in these conditions, it's more dropping out of the window and getting too cold at the end of the stint which is going to be a bit of a thing here."

Mercedes is returning to the circuit where it demonstrated its huge advantage in the winter tests, but Rosberg believes pre-season form means nothing with the adjusted schedule of Sunday's race.

"The whole set-up, everything we have to do differently now because we're driving at a different time of the day. So the whole testing that we did at this track is not really relevant any more, and that just makes it a whole new challenge and very interesting. It's work in progress, it's completely unusual circumstances out there because it's very, very cold, so it's all about adapting and getting the set-up right to prepare for Sunday but I was feeling comfortable out there."

Rosberg also feels like the paddock has received a boost with the news of Michael Schumacher showing signs of "consciousness and awakening."

"Yeah it was fantastic to hear some good news. I'm very happy; everybody in the paddock is very happy about that because for sure they are going to be cautious before they say something good and it must be a real positive step. That's great and I hope he continues to make progress."

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