No sweat as Nico Rosberg aims for head start

Formula One’s toughest race of the year on Sunday will be no sweat for Nico Rosberg – thanks to the use of a sanitary towel as a headband.

Rosberg was unafraid to divulge his eyebrow-raising secret ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix where the heat and humidity play a significant role in the event. Mid-afternoon temperatures, at a time when qualifying and the race unfold, often hit the mid-30s degrees centigrade, whilst humidity soars into the 80% range.

Yet Mercedes driver Rosberg has come up with a plan to aid his cause at the Sepang International Circuit as he bids to keep reigning world champion and team-mate Lewis Hamilton in check. Rosberg, who often uses a headband for track runs, told Sky Sports News: “I have an issue with my eye when I sweat a lot, so that’s what the headband is for, and it would help here. “Actually, I do have a sort of a headband in my helmet. It’s my trick... I can say it, why not? I put a woman’s... erm... what do you call them? The thing you put in inside your underwear.”

Suggested to Rosberg what he was looking for was ’sanitary towel’, he smiled and added: “Sanitary towel? That’s what it’s called? “So I put that on my forehead in the helmet to take up the sweat.”

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso has “zero worries” about stepping back into his McLaren this weekend, despite adding further confusion to the testing accident that forced him to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso has been declared fit for Sunday’s race following an examination undertaken at the Sepang International Circuit by the FIA medical delegate and chief medical officer.

But it was his virtually solo performance in the FIA press conference – Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Nasr were also present, but virtually non-existent given the focus on the Spaniard – that raised eyebrows.

First, Alonso blew apart McLaren’s claim a gust of wind was the cause behind his crash in the second pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on February 22, insisting the steering locked.

Then Alonso stated his recollection of the accident was clear, and that any concussion sustained was seemingly medically induced to assist with his transfer via helicopter to hospital, and the medical tests that followed.

“I remember the accident, and everything the following day,” Alonso said.

“There is nothing in the data, anything clear we can spot and we can say it was that, but definitely there was a steering problem in the middle of turn three. It locked to the right.” As to McLaren’s ’gust of wind’ claim, Alonso stated: “No, no, definitely not.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen the video, but even a hurricane would not move the car at that speed.

“Also, if you have a problem or a medical issue (inside the car), normally you would lose power and would go straight to the outside – never to the inside (as he did).”


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