Rosberg looking for race pace improvement
5 September 2014 – Nico Rosberg says he is looking for improved race pace at Monza, suggesting that rival teams are "a little bit closer" than usual.
With Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton delayed by an electronic issue in FP2, Rosberg led the way on the lower fuel, Medium tyre runs.
But the current championship leader admits he is facing somewhat of a juggling act for the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
"It's been a good day, but the others seem a little bit closer," said Rosberg, who was 0.061s faster than Hamilton in the afternoon.
"Our car seems to be better on one lap than on the long run so it's the long run that we need to work on. I think we still are looking very, very good but we need to work hard this evening to optimise everything."
Rosberg said Mercedes cannot rely on its one lap pace, predicting plenty of race day opportunities.
"In the race you can overtake so it's important to be good at both," he said. "Of course, the starting position is a big advantage and if we can keep the advantage we seem to have over one lap here then that would be great."
Rosberg sits 29 points clear of Hamilton, a lead that cannot be overturned this weekend.