Rosberg expecting fuel challenge in race

Rosberg expecting fuel challenge in race

14 March 2014 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says remaining within the fuel limit will be a challenge for drivers during this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

The new regulations state that drivers must not use more than 100kg of fuel across the course of the race and Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting emphasised on Thursday that there will be no leniency if a driver is found to have breached the rules.

Albert Park is notoriously tough on fuel consumption and Rosberg, who was second quickest in practice, is wary of the challenge.

"It was so great to be back in the car today and I'm very pleased with the progress that we made," he said. "As always on a Friday, we don't really know where we are in terms of pace yet and how much fuel everyone else was running in comparison to our programme.

"It's definitely going to be very tough on fuel here, as we expected. The screen on my steering wheel shows the fuel target for each lap and we're going to have to be very disciplined in the race. It's a pretty good start for us overall and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added that he was upbeat about the progress of the W05.

"We ran through our programme as planned and can be pleased with our pace, both on single laps and longer runs," he said.

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