Nico Rosberg is confident that Mercedes can prove themselves to be “best of the rest” once again in Abu Dhabi after Red Bull laid down a highly impressive pace in the second free practice session at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday.
Rosberg finished fifth in both sessions on Friday, but the long run pace that both he and teammate Lewis Hamilton showed was impressive, albeit not in the same league as Red Bull’s. However, with Ferrari struggling, the battle for second place in the constructors’ appears to be going the way of the Silver Arrows.
“I struggled a little on the option tires but was able to find a better rhythm when we switched to the primes,” Rosberg explained. “It should be an interesting race from a strategy perspective as the tires seem to be right on the limit of one or two stops.
“Our aim is to be the best of the rest again which I’m quite confident we can achieve and score some important points.”
Mercedes lead Ferrari by just four points in the battle for second place in the constructors’ championship, but with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa only finishing as high as eighth and tenth respectively on Friday, it appears that Lotus (currently fourth in the championship) could in fact pose the greatest challenge to the Silver Arrows this weekend.