Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany enters the pit during the second practice session of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur on March 28, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones)
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Heavy tire degradation caused by the searing Sepang temperatures has limited Mercedes' advantage over their Formula One rivals at the Malaysian GP, according to championship leader Nico Rosberg. Rosberg was still quickest in practice, but only 0.2 seconds separated the top six at the Sepang circuit Friday where track temperatures peaked at over 50 degrees, causing havoc to the tires and leading to a number of uncharacteristic spins. Asked if the amount of wear on the tires could lead to a different race in Sepang Sunday, the German said the field had been helped by the degradation issues but he still expected a close fight with his teammate for a key pole.By contrast, Melbourne pole sitter Hamilton said the tire troubles had not come as a surprise to him.
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