• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Rosberg flags pit exit problem

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Nico Rosberg's session finished early after a collision in turn one © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg thinks the pit lane exit at the Korean International Circuit should be looked at after he was involved in an accident with Jaime Alguersuari during free practice on Friday.

Rosberg made a mistake under braking in the damp conditions and ran wide at turn one just as Alguersuari was exiting the pits. The exit road merges into the outside of turn one and the pair made contact as a result, breaking Rosberg's front wing.

"It would be worth reconsidering if the pit exit couldn't be done a little bit differently," he was quoted by Autosport. "It was not great circumstances, it just all came together. He came out at the exact wrong moment. I thought he was going to stop a little bit more to let me go through, but then he didn't and by the time I realised that, it was too late."

Rosberg's front wing folded under his right-front tyre and he had to pull over on the following straight, bringing an end to his session.

"It was a tricky situation and unfortunately brought my session to an early conclusion but at least I didn't miss out on any dry running."

Despite the accident, Rosberg was happy with his setup work on Friday.

"I was feeling very comfortable on the intermediate tyres this afternoon, and we tried some different setup options which worked out quite well," he added. "My car was running well in the conditions we had today, but the weather is expected to change for Saturday and Sunday, so it will be interesting to see how it works out tomorrow."

His Mercedes team-mate Michael Schumacher said the data the team gathered was of limited use, but could provide some nuggets of information about the general handling of the car.

"Through both practice sessions, it was too wet to use dry tyres, while the forecast for the rest of weekend is dry," he said. "However you can learn a lot about the car and how it works on the track, and that is what we were doing most of the time today. We now have to look deep into the data we gathered and try to work out the best way to approach the rest of the weekend."