Austrian GP: Rosberg thinks he can match Hamilton in qualifying
|By Ben Anderson and Matt Beer||Friday, June 20th 2014, 14:48 GMT|
Nico Rosberg believes he can eradicate Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton's Austrian Grand Prix practice advantage by the time they fight for pole on Saturday.
Mercedes dominated again in Friday practice on F1's return to the Red Bull Ring, with Hamilton four tenths of a second clear of Rosberg in the quicker afternoon session.
But Rosberg does not think that gap means Hamilton has an edge this weekend.
"It was there in Montreal also, but when it came to qualifying I was right where he is," he said.
"I need to work hard tonight for sure and find some more lap time.
"It's so close between us. I'm hoping we still have the edge on everyone else, it seems to be the case today, so it's going to be between us for pole and it's very important because race pace is going to be close and to get first into the first corner is a huge advantage."
Rosberg denied that seemingly heated comments to Mercedes on the radio were a sign of him feeling under pressure due to Hamilton's practice pace.
"I was cool as a cucumber - no tension!" he said.
"Just working through everything and trying to optimise everything for tomorrow. There were a few things that weren't ideal so just pushing on to sort everything out."
Hamilton also preferred not to read anything into his Friday margin.
"I'm sure Nico has some time in his pocket," he said.