ROSBERG HOPES HE IS RIGHT

The Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has said that he is hoping that his decision to choose fresh tyres for the start of the Indian Grand Prix this weekend will pay off eventually. Mercedes have struggled with both pace and reliability throughout the season. Nico Rosberg will be getting ready for intense competition from the 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton when he eventually joins the team next season. Hence, he must perform extremely well in the remaining few races of the season in order to show that he is not the number two driver for next season.

Mercedes did not elect to take part in the final qualifying session in the hope of going for the separate strategy for Nico Rosberg. Rather than use the fresh tyres in the qualifying session itself, Nico Rosberg decided to use them in the race. The Indian Grand Prix is a circuit that is extremely quick. It is only behind the Italian Grand Prix when it comes to speed. Hence, he will be hoping that the fresh tyres will help him get a superior advantage over the rivals in the first few laps of the race. The fresh tyres has certainly helped many teams qualify in a better position than their race pace would suggest.

“In terms of our strategy for the race, it was better for us not to run in Q3 as it should give us a better pace tomorrow with fresh tyres. Of course it’s not a nice feeling to be waiting in the pits and watching the others out there however. It seems that the race will be tough on the tyres with very long stints, so I should have an advantage compared to the cars in front of me. I’ll be able to tell you tomorrow if it was the right decision but I’m reasonably happy,” said Rosberg.

STILL WORK TO DO

The Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has said that there is still a lot of work to do for the team in order to be in front in the F1 paddock. The Mercedes cars have not been up to the mark when it comes to competing with the likes of Ferrari and Red bull this season. However, they have the chance to make up for the difference in time when the F1 season resumes heart of the Belgian Grand Prix. Ferrari currently leads the drivers and constructors championship by a massive point difference, while they are closely followed by the likes of Red bull and McLaren. Despite having a strong driver line-up in the form of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes has struggled in this season.

Nico Rosberg comes into the Belgian Grand Prix having just secured two points in the last three places, which makes up for a poor summer break. In order to compete with the rest of the teams, Mercedes should work a lot more harder according to Nico Rosberg. Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Rosberg has said that it is one of his favourite races in the entire F1 calendar and is very much looking forward to it.

“I always look forward to racing at Spa; it’s one of the highlights of the season and definitely one of my favourite tracks. The circuit itself is outstanding, with of course the most exciting corner of the calendar in Eau Rouge. There’s a lot of hard work ahead to make sure we are competing where we want to be and challenging towards the front of the field. Everybody in our team will be working in a focused way to help Nico and Michael score the best possible results next weekend,” said Nico Rosberg ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg has Faith in his Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team driver Nico Rosberg is not letting the recent disappointments get the better of him and he still believes that his team will be able to ‘turn the corner’ after going through a very difficult series of races as the Formula 1 teams head back to their factories for the summer break. Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix earlier in the year, but since then, he has not been on the podium.

Moreover, the 27 year old managed to score only 2 points out of a possible 30 in the last three races and since the Monaco Grand Prix; he has not finished a race higher than 6th. The German driver had to face another difficult race last weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix where he managed to score just one point by virtue of finishing the race in 10th position. Nico Rosberg, however, is hopeful that the team will be able to take a step in the forward direction when Formula 1 returns after the summer break.

According to the young driver, it has been a difficult for anyone and everyone associated with the team before adding that he is convinced that the team will be able to turn the tide. He went on to state that there is a lot of development going on, plenty of upgrades are being tested and by the time Formula 1 resumes, the team will be able to pull things back.

Rosberg also admitted that it has been difficult over the last few races, with the tracks being extremely difficult. Nico Rosberg mentioned how difficult it is now to predict the tracks, but is still optimistic that both he and the team will be able to do a lot better in the coming weeks as the sport returns from its hiatus.

ROSBERG THRILLED WITH PROGRESS

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has revealed that he is thrilled with his progress and consistency this year, and has high hopes for the remaining three quarters of the season. The young German driver started out in midfield obscurity, not finishing in the top ten in either of the first two races of the season, but since then his rise through the rankings has been nothing short of meteoric.

“It is great to see how we are improving as a team, getting stronger and stronger,” he said recently. “In the last four races I am the one who has scored the most points, which really shows that we are quite consistent. That is why the future can look good for us in the next upcoming races.”

The Mercedes driver qualified for last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix in second on the grid and never looked in danger of losing this position. In fact in the final few laps race leader Webber slowed considerably and if anything it looked as though Rosberg might steal the win, but he couldn’t quite find the pace to get past the Australian. He now sits 17 points behind Alonso, in 5th position, and could easily improve on this if his fantastic form continues in Canada. “Points wise we are looking good in the Championship,” said Rosberg contentedly.

The Canadian Grand Prix will be eagerly awaited by Rosberg for other reasons than just the chance to score points. “I am really looking forward to Canada because a) I think we have a really good car for there and b) now my father cannot give me advice any more on F1 as I [will] have more experience than him, as I have done just as many races as him in his career,” he joked. The Montreal Grand Prix will be the German’s 115th race – one more than his father Keke ever started, in a career that started late, at the age of 29.

ROSBERG IN A SPIN

Nico Rosberg finished the Australian Grand Prix in 12th place after an incident with Sergio Perez in the final lap meant he lost his potential 6th place finish.

The new Mercedes car was impressive in qualifying, but seemed to lack some performance in the race itself, and Rosberg in particular found that his tyres were degrading faster than expected, meaning that he lost a lot of grip, and consequently time in the final few laps of the race.

“It was a bit difficult and a bit unexpected,” said Rosberg. “We were just struggling a bit more than we thought, and we need to analyze why. The car didn’t feel good in the long runs, we were not fast and we were struggling. But, yes, of course we had some good straightline speed. He also suffered a pucture during the final lap of the race when Sergio Perez touched his rear tyre along a straight, and had to limp to the finish line 6 places lower than he was expecting.

The German driver was understandably frustrated with his final position, given the decent performance he had put in up to that point, and was surprised to hear that Perez blamed him for the incident. “It was a good fight and everything was looking very good, actually. We would have been sixth, which would have been OK, given the circumstances,” said Rosberg. “And then it’s just a very unnecessary thing that we touched on the straight, so Bruno Senna and then Sergio touched my rear wheel and I got a puncture.”

Although the collected no points in Australia, the Mercedes team remain positive going into the Malaysian Grand Prix, and think that its shape should suit the strengths of their new car. “The circuit has two long straights which should suit us this year, and the conditions will be very demanding as always due to the high heat and humidity,” said Rosberg. “I’m confident that we can improve our performance here, and we will have a successful weekend in front of all our Malaysian supporters.”

ROSBERG BACKS TEAM DECISION

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.

Rosberg Disappointed in Brazil

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.