Rosberg admits 'difficult day' for Mercedes
18 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg has conceded that Mercedes suffered a "difficult" opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix, despite the championship leaders finishing atop the timesheets in both sessions.
Rosberg, who set the fastest time in the first 90-minute session, finished the day in second place, 0.024s down on team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
"It was a difficult day for us, because we had to work on some of the new settings as the car was running without the FRIC [front-and-rear-interconnected Suspension] system," he said.
"But it worked out quite well even in difficult conditions. It was very hot outside and the Soft tyres don't last that long here, so this will be tricky for the race."
Hamilton added that, while the Mercedes W05 is still fun to drive, it is not as easy as at recent races.
"It was quite difficult to find the balance with the track being so hot and it is a tricky circuit to drive in general," he said.
"The car is a bit different now as everyone made some set-up changes in a different direction to what we've had in the past, but it's still fun to drive.
"As the temperatures were so high, it was difficult for the tyres and we're going to need to manage that carefully when we get to the race."