Rosberg needs Williams to pick up speed

Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:14pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg looked to Williams for a helping hand in the Formula One title battle on Friday after his Mercedes team dominated Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice.

With team mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton fastest in both sessions, and 17 points clear in the standings, Rosberg needs to win Sunday's season-ender with someone else getting between him and the Briton.

The chances of that happening did not look overwhelming.

The best of the rest were well off the pace of the silver cars while outgoing champions Red Bull indicated they would not be getting embroiled in any private Mercedes duel.

Williams, Rosberg's team before the German joined the 'Silver Arrows', have the same Mercedes engines and look the most likely to give the title contenders a run for their money in a race with double points.

"The Williams...was actually looking pretty good at some points today," said Rosberg hopefully. "Of course I'm hoping they're closer.

"The car feels good and the pace advantage seems to be there for sure at the moment which is not necessarily a good thing because I need some help from someone else.

"(Finland's Valtteri) Bottas is looking quick at times so we need to see where he really is," added the German whose Finnish father Keke won the 1982 championship with Williams.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany arrives for a press conference at the Yas Marina circuit before the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz