Nico Rosberg on Friday evening admitted he was surprised to be leaving Albert Park the fastest driver of the opening day of the 2009 championship.

Nico Rosberg on Friday evening admitted he was surprised to be leaving Albert Park the fastest driver of the opening day of the 2009 championship.

His teammate Kazuki Nakajima was also quick in Melbourne, raising the prospect that Grove based Williams could be set for a return to top form following several years of struggling without manufacturer support.

The obvious observation, however, was that the Toyota-powered FW31 - among the so-nicknamed 'diffuser 3' group - may also have been running low on fuel.

"I am a bit surprised," German Rosberg, 23, said after emerging with the best time from both 90 minute practice sessions.

"It is difficult to know exactly what to think, but it's not as if we were driving (with an) empty (fuel tank). We are looking much better maybe than we had expected.

"What happens from now on, we will have to see," he added.

 

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