Nico Rosberg: “It was a tricky start to the weekend”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Rosberg finished inside the top three in both free practice sessions in Monaco on Thursday, and admitted it was a tricky day on start to the weekend in the Principality.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver is aiming for his fourth win in four years at the track, and finished second to team-mate Lewis Hamilton in opening practice, before ending second practice in third position behind Hamilton again and the pacesetting Daniel Ricciardo.

Despite Virtual Safety Car interruptions in both sessions due to crashes and debris, Rosberg felt he got a good amount of work done, but hopes to find more time when practice resumes on Saturday morning.

“It’s great to be back on the streets of my hometown here in Monaco – and also to see all the fans so close to us as we’re on track,” said Rosberg. “It was a tricky start to the weekend for us, though.

“The sessions were a bit messy, with quite a few Virtual Safety Car periods – but I was able to learn a lot on the longer runs we managed to do which was a positive. A big applause for all of the circuit marshals, who did a great job as always to clear the cars quickly.

“As expected, Red Bull look very strong here. We have some more homework to do during tonight and tomorrow to find some time – but I can’t wait for Saturday and the qualifying battle. It should be very close and very exciting, which is great for the sport.”