• United States Grand Prix - FP2

'Better than usual' prospects for Rosberg

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg was in the top ten of both practice sessions on Friday © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg is confident that he can have a strong race in the United States Grand Prix after an encouraging Friday practice.

With Mercedes not having scored points for four consecutive races, Rosberg finished ninth in FP1 and seventh in FP2 at the Circuit of the Americas. When asked how he viewed Mercedes' prospects for the rest of the weekend, Rosberg was optimistic replying: "Better than usual I think. Maybe it will be possible to score some good points here."

Rosberg did admit, however, that the conditions had proven to be more difficult for the teams than usual because of low temperatures.

"It's very difficult conditions out there because it's very cold and so the tyres are really on the edge. So it's quite different conditions to normal, a bit like winter testing. The track though is really nice and has been great; it's amazing how many fans are out there, you don't even get that in Europe in some places or most places you never get that in Europe. On Friday the thing is already packed, so it's great."

Rosberg clarified that getting the tyres to work was the biggest problem, rather than the slippy track.

"The tyres are really on the edge with warm-up and everything but the grip is coming up and the grip feels quite good definitely."