Exclusive Rosberg Q&A: Williams hoping for rain at Fuji 09 Oct 2008
One of the biggest surprises at the last round in Singapore was Nico Rosbergs second place, not least because he was able to take a stop-and-go penalty and still keep his Williams on the podium. After that career-best finish, the young German is confident he can continue his run of good fortune at the Fuji Speedway this weekend - as long as it rains
Q: Nico, the dramatic race in Singapore ended very happily for you. At the start it didnt look that promising, but after you overtook Trulli, nothing could stop you - not even a stop-and-go penalty. Can you review the crucial moments of the race?
Nico Rosberg: It was really up and down all the way in terms of my hopes. So much was going on in the race, but Im really happy that luck was on our side for once and it all came together nicely. It was great for the whole team to finish on the podium.
Q: How were the tyres for you? Flavio Briatore said after the race that without an early switch to the harder tyres Fernando Alonsos win wouldnt have been possible
NR: The softer tyre was definitely too soft and yet on low fuel at the beginning of the race it worked quite well for us. So in terms of tyre choices we got it all right.
Q: When news of your stop-and-go penalty came through, did you think your hopes were over? And how did it feel on the podium?
NR: Well I knew it was coming so I was just pushing to make the gap as big as possible. It was nice that even after the stop-and-go I was still in such a good position. And yes, it felt very nice on the podium!
Q: It was your best finish ever. Were the car and track a good match or has the FW30 improved so dramatically?
NR: The track suited our car well, so we were on for points all weekend. The good result was then a combination of luck, a strong car in the race and I also drove very well.
Q: From a drivers point of view, did you enjoy the track?
NR: I think it was a fantastic race for Formula One and could be the best GP of the year soon. The only concern with such tracks is safety and it is very important that no compromises are made. Singapore was generally quite safe but even so, they need to make a few improvements for next year.
Q: After your second place, what do you expect for Japan?
NR: If it rains we have a very good chance of doing well as our car has strong pace in the wet. So I hope it rains a lot. Last year we qualified sixth with a lot of fuel.
Q: Williams at the moment hold P8 in the constructors championship - five points behind Toro Rosso in sixth place. Will the team be able to make up some places before the end of the year?
NR: We are definitely going to give it our best shot. It would be great if we could challenge both STR and Red Bull.
Q: And youll need a bit more practice dropping the champagne bottle to your mechanics
NR: Why do you say that? It worked fine! But more top results are very welcome.
Q: How have you spent your time between Singapore and Fuji?
NR: I went to Bali on a training camp, which was very nice, and I caught up on some surfing too.