Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver, says that their team’s decision to hold up the debut of its brand new car W03 is rationalized after the tough performance of their car in the pre-season testing until now.
In the first test session took place at the Jerez circuit in Spain, Mercedes used their last year’s car for the test and unveiled their new car in the 2nd test pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. After getting able to complete 399 laps in the first 4 days of the last week’s test with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, the car looked to be very reliable.
Rosberg’s performance in the text run bettered as he finished back to back 8 laps with the set of soft tyres during the morning practice of the last test and in the afternoon practice, Nico tested on hard tyres with 4 runs of eleven to thirteen laps. More than that, he told that the condition looked better compared to the last year.
Nico told that tyre degradation is still an issue, but it is certainly better than what it used to be; better than 2011 season. But it is mainly reliability. It is obvious how different that is.
Nico, nevertheless, was satisfied with the test at the 1st day of the last test session at Barcelona as he ended 5th in running the fastest lap after turning to be the busiest driver of the day with culmination of 128 laps. Rosberg further added that he thinks that the bringing the car to the second test was the right decision, because they have no reliability issues.
Nico Rosberg admitted he was disappointed with his 7th place in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. He was fantastic in qualifying, sitting between the two Ferrari drivers in P6 on the grid, but Rosberg struggled to keep up this pace during the race itself. “Today wasn’t an ideal ending to the season, and although I scored some points, I expected to finish higher than P7,” Rosberg said. “I didn’t get a good start, and I had problems with my tyres overheating as the track temperatures were very high. So I had to manage my tyres very carefully during the whole race which impacted on the pace.” The Mercedes driver would have been hoping to challenge Massa, but ended up below both Massa and the in-form Adrian Sutil.
The German driver has looked good this season finishing highest in the table outside the Red Bull, Mclaren and Ferrari drivers, even beating former world champion and team mate Michael Schumacher. “Now I’m looking ahead and I hope we can do better in 2012,” said Rosberg. “I look forward to an exciting time in the winter as we work hard to develop a better car for next year.” In fact there has been speculation that unless there is significant improvement in the Mercedes car, there is the danger that the team may lose him to Ferrari. With Massa struggling this year, and Rosberg only 20 points behind him in a slower car, Nico could end up replacing the Brazilian driver at Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher also had a disappointing race, largely due to the collision with Bruno Senna that led to his puncture. This left Michael limping round the track to the pits, and a long remainder of the race trying to make up lost places. He eventually finished in 15th place, picking up no points. Schumacher entered the race just seven points behind Rosberg and must have been hoping to close the gap. As it is, he must look to next season when the competition between the Mercedes drivers will again be an exciting affair.
Nico Eric Rosberg is a professional motorsports racer from Germany and he is currently driving on the Formula 1 circuit for the Mercedes GP Formula One team. Although Rosberg races in Formula 1 under the German flag, in his earlier career he has raced under the flag of Finland as he holds passports of both the countries having dual nationality. Rosberg was born on the 27th of June, 1985 in the Wiesbaden region of the erstwhile West Germany. His father is Keke Rosberg, who was the Formula One world champion during the 1982 season. Keke is Finnish while Nico’s mother Sina is German, thus, he gets to hold a dual passport of the European Union. Much of Nico’s childhood was spent in the principality of Monaco where he still continues to live and during his growing up years in this little city, he learnt his early trade of motor racing and also went to school and he is very fluent in German, Spanish, English and Italian and can speak a bit of Finnish as well.
Rosberg’s racing career properly took off in 1996 when he began to race go karts when he was just 11 years old and after some success there, he moved up a class to race in the German Formula BMW in 2002. So impressive was Nico Eric Rosberg in his drive at the German Formula BMW that he was asked to race for his father’s team in the Formula Three Euro Series. He did quite well for himself on this circuit and stayed on with the team till the end of the 2004 season. In 2005, Rosberg joined GP2 to race for the ART Grand Prix team and since this series was newly formed at the time, he came to hold the distinction of being its first ever champion.
In the autumn of 2005, it was announced by the Williams Formula One team that Nico Eric Rosberg would be their new driver for the upcoming season. In the mandatory Engineering Aptitude Test that was conducted by the team for all the drivers of the team, Rosberg scored the highest marks so far in the team’s entire history. At the end of the 2009 season, Rosberg announced that he would leave Williams due to its inability to win races and join the Mercedes GP Formula One team. Nico Eric Rosberg is currently in 7th position in the drivers’ standings.