• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Circuit suits Mercedes - Rosberg

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg: "I think maybe a little bit of an upward trend for us today and going in the right direction" © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg says the Yeongam circuit suits Mercedes after an encouraging FP2 ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher was fifth quickest and Rosberg seventh - both within three quarters of a second of Red Bull - in the afternoon practice session as Mercedes showed an upturn in form compared to the Japanese Grand Prix. Rosberg said he was pleased with the progress made during the day and revealed his team-mate had been testing some new parts with positive results.

"It's been a good day for us; I think we've made some good progress," Rosberg said. "Michael had some new things on the car - some small things to try - and they seemed to work well. So I think maybe a little bit of an upward trend for us today and going in the right direction on this track [which] I think suits us a little bit more."

When asked if the new parts would be available to him on Saturday, Rosberg replied: "Yeah, it's for both it's just to make sure that it's going in the right direction."

While Mercedes has struggled to look after its rear tyres throughout the season so far, Rosberg said that didn't appear to be a problem in Korea.

"Tyre-wise it's wearing quite well. I mean we're overheating [the tyres] a little bit in the long run, but it's OK. I think this circuit suits our car quite well."