Does Rosberg's practice crash give Hamilton the upper hand?

Rosberg remains optimistic about his chances this weekend despite becoming intimately acquainted with the Albert Park barriers during FP2.

"The conditions were ok, it was on the edge but it was fine. I just accelerated too much and got it wrong and damaged the car, which is not good.”

Rosberg stopped on track after a directive from the FIA to the team. "The car seemed maybe to be ok apart from the front wing, so I was hoping to get back to the garage to get back out again.”

“It’s good for me in the end that the track didn’t dry out because I didn’t loose out too much as a result, so no down side from that," said Rosberg.

"We need to practice for the race and qualifying in the morning and in the afternoon; my first time on the super-softs, which is going to be exciting with lots of grip, new qualifying rules, so all that together and there will be a lot going on.”

Although Rosberg admitted that the weather and his incident meant a change of plan for the weekend was required, he ruled out the possibility that Mercedes might be so dominant that they could set a fast lap time then return the garages when the new elimination qualifying system plays out tomorrow.

“That would be a bit over-confident I think at this point, so definitely we are not planning to do that.”

With the rest of practice remaining fairly wet it seems that most teams are in the same boat (pardon the pun), and will need to use FP3 for both long and short runs. 

“Tomorrow is going to be a big day.”