• British Grand Prix - FP2

Rosberg pleased with set-up progress

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg only completed nine laps in FP2 but was pleased with the set-up improvement © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg said that Mercedes made progress with its wet weather set-up during Friday practice at Silverstone.

While running was limited due to the rain, the fact that the forecast is for a completely wet weekend meant the teams were faced with track conditions similar to those they can expect on Sunday. As a result, Rosberg was one of very few drivers who were actually pleased with their day's work as he improved from ninth fastest in FP1 to fourth in the second session.

"In general, it was a good and productive day for us," Rosberg said. "We improved the set-up during the break which helped as we were quicker in the afternoon. It's very unusual that the weather forecast for the whole weekend is wet, and we didn't run that much to save our limited wet tyres. The conditions were really quite tricky out there with all the puddles, and it was very difficult to find the right limit. I hope we can continue to make progress tomorrow."

Ross Brawn was equally pleased, saying the running was important ahead of the rest of the weekend.

"In such poor track conditions, often we won't persevere with trying to achieve much running," he said. "But it was important for us to find a good balance and set-up on the wet tyres today as these conditions are expected to remain for the weekend. From that perspective it was a reasonable day, and the cars seem to be well-balanced. We'll see what tomorrow brings."