Championship leader Nico Rosberg has expressed his delight of setting a new lap record during FP1 of the Austrian Grand Prix on the Red Bull Ring.
Breaking Michael Schumacher’s 1m 07.908s he set back in 2003, Rosberg set a time of 1m 07.373s but in doing expressed his concern over degradation.
Despite his impressive speed, the German, as well the rest of the grid, had to take a backseat to the rain downpour in FP2.
Adding to the disappointment of not getting in a full FP2, Rosberg said that tyre degradation was an issue, saying that after a hot lap on the Ultra soft compound he could feel them wearing out.
“On one lap we seem quick, surprisingly quick maybe, we thought others would be close and it didn’t seem like it, but early days,” he said.
“Then for the long run it was difficult with the rain, we couldn’t rally practice the long runs for the race so we might have to do it tomorrow morning.
“We are starting the race with the ultra-softs and they seem way too soft for this track.
“On one lap they are great but after that they disintegrate very quickly so that will be a huge challenge in the race if they fall apart quickly, it could mix things up.
“It was a decent start to the weekend but Lewis didn’t get his laps together so he didn’t show what he could do.”