Rosberg upbeat despite Friday setback


Nico Rosberg remains upbeat heading into the season-opening Australian Grand Prix despite suffering a setback in a rain-affected Friday free practice. 

After finishing sixth in FP1 around Albert Park, Rosberg's FP2 was cut short when he hit a wall early on. 

The German aquaplaned heading through turn six and struck the wall, with the FIA ordering him to pull up on the side of the track after attempting to limp back to the pits with a broken front wing.

Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in both sessions in Melbourne as the Brit looks to defend his world championship crown.

However, Rosberg said he was not at too much of a disadvantage despite the crash, with many other drivers having a hard time with the changing conditions.

"[The crash was] not that 'little', unfortunately. I just accelerated too much and lost the car," he said.

"It was good for me that the track didn't then dry out and everyone else got an advantage. 

"Saturday will be a big day - it is going to be pretty intense. 

"It will be exciting to go on the supersofts and attack. I don't think it's a downside not to have them yet because the track here is so different."