the first day of The GP of Austria has left patent the dominance of Mercedes at Spielberg, the whole time Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have completed two doublets in the first two free practice sessions disputed at the Red Bull Ring. Despite the changing climatic conditions experienced throughout the Friday, ‘arrows of silver’ dominated the times table both in sunny conditions and as with a wet track following the heavy shower of rain fallen during FP2. This fact joined to the penalty of five positions of Sebastian Vettel puts both drivers as favorites to the pole.
Nico Rosberg was able to dominate both sessions, every time the rain of FP2 did not prevent him from rolling in both sessions in 1:07. In this aspect, the German ended up happy after complete 62 spins the short path of the austrian, something which however did not prevent him from analyzing the changes made in the path: “There are some modifications on the circuit this year with the new asphalt and the new pianos. From my point of view these changes are pretty good and is a pleasant track to drive. The new asphalt seems that suits our car quite well, maybe better even than the old asphalt”.
In this aspect, Nico Rosberg believes that one of the fundamental aspects throughout the weekend will be tyre management: “The use of the tires will be the key factor this weekend, because we saw a lot of graining during the session we enter in the dry. In the wet, by the afternoon, I found a good balance in the car, so in general I’m pretty happy with our first day in Austria”.
For his part, Lewis Hamilton has completed both sessions in the wake of its companion box. In the FP1 has left three tenths from Hamilton, while in the FP2 just have a separate 19 thousandths of a second. The british closed the day of Friday, after completing 53 laps, recognizing that there are aspects to improve: “it Was a difficult day to find speed and get quick turns. When we were already near, the rains came for the second session, which forced us to adapt our programme of work”.
Even so, the british pilot has shown positive: “luckily, the high temperature of the track allowed the circuit to dry out very fast, so that we were able to get some more laps with the tire ultrablando before the end of the second session. At that time we find a sense of balance and performance. Had no problem today, something that certainly is positive. I think that we can find more performance, so I’m looking forward to the day tomorrow”.