Rosberg admits hard work required
20 June 2014 – Nico Rosberg has admitted that 'hard work' is needed overnight if he is to beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Rosberg was quickest in the opening practice session at the Red Bull Ring but had to play second fiddle to Hamilton during the qualifying simulations in second practice.
"We were just working through everything and trying to optimise everything for tomorrow and there were a few things that weren't ideal," Rosberg said when asked about apparent edgy radio messages during second practice.
"We were just really pushing on and trying to sort everything out. I need to work hard tonight, for sure. I need to work through everything and find some more lap time."
The German is also aware that tyre graining is likely to be a big problem this weekend.
"Graining was a very big issue," he said. "My rear tyres were completely grained. I think that's the same for everybody, and it's especially on the Soft [Option] tyres, on the Hard [Prime] tyres it's okay.
"[Pole position is] always important because it's so close between the two of us, and I'm hoping that we will still have the edge on everybody else.
"That seems to be the case today, so it's going to be between the two of us for pole and then it is very important because race pace is going to be close and getting first into the first corner is a huge advantage."