Rosberg struggling in hot and humid conditions

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Despite finishing as the fastest driver during the second free practice session for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has revealed that the hot and humid conditions are creating problems that he is eager to resolve overnight.

The German driver finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in FP2 on Friday afternoon in Malaysia, but he made no secret of his problems at one of the hottest races of the seasons.

“It was crazy conditions out there,” Rosberg explained. “In the very, very warm temperatures, it’s a huge challenge to get everything right. The cars are on the edge and the tyre degradation was higher than expected today – we are sliding a bit more this year, perhaps because of the reduced downforce levels.”

The regulation changes for 2014 have seen many drivers struggle to get to grips with their new cars, but Mercedes appears to be in the best position. Nevertheless, Rosberg – who is chasing his fifth grand prix victory this weekend – still believes that progress needs to be made.

“We are still having some small issues and therefore we were not able to maximize everything today,” he said. “The quickest teams seem to be closer together than in Australia, so we still have work to do overnight to improve our level of performance.”

Interestingly, Rosberg made similar comments following practice for the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, but he went on to win the race by over 20 seconds on Sunday in what was one of his finest performances yet. Should he win the race this weekend, he would equal his father’s tally for grand prix victories in Formula 1.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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