Nico Rosberg reflects on “good day” at Nurburgring

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Nico Rosberg is pleased with his showing and work completed during the Friday practice sessions, although he has reserved judgement on the new Pirelli tires for the time being.

The German driver, who is coming off the back of his third career victory at Silverstone last weekend, finished P2 in both sessions, suggesting that Mercedes have lost none of their performance despite the changes made to the compounds.

“Good day in general, yeah, interesting because the tires are different and we have to adapt, some setup changes and things like that,” Rosberg said after FP2. “So it’s an opportunity also for us if we can understand it quicker than others to take another step compared to everybody else.”

Rosberg believes that Mercedes are still set to fight at the front, although he did suggest that a shake-up in the field could occur.

“It looks like it’s still on one lap we’re quite quick and also on the longer runs, still a similar situation but it might still shuffle things around a little bit, and it’s enough. A few tenths here or there and you might see a different grid and different race result again. But other than that, it’s a great track to drive on. A good day, good preparation for us.”

The changes were made to the tires after five failures at the British Grand Prix, sparking Pirelli to make alterations to the construction of the tire and introduce their prototype compound for this weekend’s race in order to ensure the safety of the drivers. Rosberg refused to give a secure opinion on the new tires, instead affirming his confidence in the changes made.

“I’m not sure yet but I’m confident that they’ve gone in the right direction, yeah, and that we won’t have tires exploding left right and center, that’s important.”

Rosberg is bidding to become the first German driver to win his home grand prix since Michael Schumacher in 2006.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”