Rosberg upbeat about challenging Red Bull

By on Friday, November 22, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Friday practice pacesetter Nico Rosberg reckons that Mercedes can give Red Bull a run for their money at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.

Rosberg was quickest in both rain affected sessions at the Interlagos circuits in Sao Paolo.

"Today I had a good start into the weekend, and I was very quick in the rain even though we don't really know about the fuel levels of the other teams," he said.

"Therefore we need to read the time sheets with some caution. But generally I have higher hopes now that perhaps we can give Red Bull a hard time this weekend. We all know that the weather plays always a big role here at Interlagos and can catch you out. We were not able to run that much but the track feels really great and it was great fun to be out there and find the limit in these difficult conditions."

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton ended the day in fifth place but would prefer dry running.

"The conditions were tricky out there today and it's a real shame for the fans that they didn't get to see more action on track," he said.

"Of course, it's frustrating for us drivers to be sitting in the garage for so long but I really feel for everyone who has made the effort to come here to the track. We were able to get some running during the two sessions and that will be useful as the conditions for the rest of the weekend look pretty much the same."

"I'm struggling a little to get the feel of the car in the wet, and that's really been the same for me with our car all season, so we have some work to do overnight to see where we can make improvements. I'd really prefer a dry weekend but that's out of our hands."

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