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Rosberg: Tyre degradation a worry for Ferrari

Rosberg: Tyre degradation a worry for Ferrari

Rosberg: Tyre degradation a worry for Ferrari

Nico Rosberg, the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion, believes the tyre degradation issues that hit Charles Leclerc during the Sprint Race in Imola on Saturday, will be a serious worry for Ferrari in Sunday’s Race.

The degradation troubles that hit the #16 Ferrari during the 21-lap sprint event on Saturday were the cause behind Leclerc’s defeat at the hands of Max Verstappen, as the Dutchman was able to chase down the Monegasque, and overtake him for the win on lap 20.

Nico Rosberg weighed in on the situation with Sky Sports F1 and said: “That certainly is quite a worry for Ferrari.

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“The tyre degradation was very big at the end there and the lap time difference between the two was quite significant,” the 23-time race winner added. “That will make it difficult for them tomorrow.”

The German was impressed by persistence of the reigning World Champion, who kept a cool head despite losing the lead to his Ferrari rival at the start, but hunted him down while keeping his own tyres together, his reward being the win of the Sprint Race, eight Championship points, and a start of Sunday’s race from the top spot.

Rosberg added: “And Verstappen, that is just typical, so relentless and that is why he is one of those guys that you least want to see in your rear views rears going bigger and bigger because that guy is going attack giving it 100%.

“That is what he did there and I am loving these sprint races, why not, it was really fun to watch, really good action so I am all for it,” the former Mercedes driver concluded.

Ferrari felt Red Bull’s pain at Imola

Tyre graining was the downfall of Red Bull in the previous race in Melbourne, as Verstappen was helpless all race long in his attempt to close the gap to Leclerc who was dominating the race at Albert Park, that is before his RB18 gave up with 20 laps to go.

Red Bull consultant, Dr. Helmut Marko commented on how the tables turned at Imola, and told ServusTV: “The graining problems that we had in Australia hit Ferrari here.”

He also revealed that Leclerc was at risk of losing his second place to Sergio Perez, as the Mexican finished 1.8s behind the Ferrari driver, but ran out of laps to launch an attack.

“One more lap and then Perez would have been passed too,” the 78-year-old claimed, adding that he isn’t worried Ferrari will find a fix overnight, as there is so much the Italian team can do under parc ferme conditions.

“You can only change the wing [in parc ferme conditions],” the Austrian said, “so that doesn’t matter, and we drove behind, which means higher demands [on the car and tyres].

“We were fast in the rain and we are fast in the dry,” a confident Marko concluded.