Nico Rosberg: “It’s great to be back here in Hockenheim”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Rosberg ended both free practice sessions on Friday at the Hockenheimring with the fastest time, but remained cautious about his team’s potential at his home track this venue.

After a year’s hiatus from the calendar, Formula 1 returned to Germany, and Rosberg finished ahead of his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton in both sessions, but knows from the experience from the Hungaroring a week ago that other teams can be in contention on Saturday and Sunday, especially Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari.

As such, Rosberg is keeping his feet on the ground, but admits it has been a good start to the weekend in Germany.

“A good start to the weekend,” said Rosberg. “It’s great to be back here in Hockenheim at this historic track.

“The tarmac is old, so the way the tyres work is completely different to in Hungary where the tarmac was new. Here it’s much more snappy and more of a challenge. But in general our car was working well out there today.

“Saying that, in Hungary we were very quick on Friday but then on Saturday and Sunday everyone was very close. So, we are warned by that to not get over-excited on a Friday. It’s a good start but we’ll see more tomorrow.”