Nico Rosberg: “We need to work on the balance of the car overnight”

Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

Nico Rosberg finished the opening of day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix disappointed with his pace.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver had a successful Free Practice 1 after he topped the time sheets with a time of 1:22.959, finishing the session ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.203 seconds. Rosberg was unable to continue this strong performance into the afternoon session though as the roles were reversed, with Hamilton ahead by 0.193 seconds, with Mercedes finishing 1-2 in both practice sessions.

Rosberg believes there was something not quiet right with the car during FP2. Along with working on the balance of the car overnight, Mercedes will be analysing the data from produced from the compounds used throughout the two practice sessions.

“The car felt pretty good during P1,” said Rosberg. “We need to work on the balance of the car overnight as the one lap pace didn’t feel 100% during P2.

“We also need to analyse the data from running all three tyres across the two sessions. Still, it’s great to be back here at Monza, the Tifosi always come out in force to show their support and it’s great news that we’ll be coming back here for at least the next three years.”