Q&A with Williams Nico Rosberg 07 Sep 2008
After a disappointing qualifying at Spa, Nico Rosberg has been eager to talk about anything other than his Belgian Grand Prix prospects. Starting a lowly 15th on the grid, he feels there is little he can do other than wait for an unexpected opportunity to arise in the race. With the Williams apparently suffering aerodynamically - a big problem at Spa - he believes he will be lucky to improve on his starting position come the chequered flag
Q: Do Williams have a simulator? And in what way does it help you for new race tracks like Valencia and Singapore?
Nico Rosberg: Yes, we have one. Its good for learning new tracks, but its not in any ways as good as the real race track. We do not concentrate so much on the simulator; we might use it for a couple of hours to figure out and learn the course.
Q: Are you looking forward to the all-new Singapore track, and how will your time schedule adapt to the different situation of a night race?
NR: Well, wouldnt it be the best to go straight into a discotheque after arriving, party hard and then sleep during the daytime? Then I would get the perfect rhythm for the night race, right? If anyone wants to join, feel free!
Q: What did you think about Valencia? Some drivers described the track as rather easy, or even boring
NR: Well, from my side I really liked the track and enjoyed racing there. Also I did a very good job there, and it was not boring at all. Of course it is completely different to Spa-Francorchamps. Here we have a lot of fast corners. For Valencia, I think we could use a little more atmosphere, more glamour, more yachts in the harbour and for sure more events. Then it would come closer to Monaco, and I think then the racing factor would also be more exciting.
Q: Coming back to the here and now: how do you see your qualifying performance and, consequently, what do you expect from the race? Is there any big issue with the car?
NR: To be honest, qualifying was terrible. I ended at P15, and I did nothing wrong. Basically we were just too slow. The problem I would say is mostly an aerodynamics issue, and also some weight difficulties. And this is where the performance is in a modern F1 car.
Q: Have the team stopped developing this years car to concentrate more on the 2009 one?
NR: No. We have been developing the 2009 car since the beginning of the season, and have never stopped continuing to develop this years car.
Q: Would you prefer a wet race at Spa-Francorchamps, and what do you expect?
NR: Of course I would like to have a wet race, considering that I am at P15. What can I do from behind? But as far as I know the chances are slim that we can expect rain during the race. So it looks not too good to finish in a good position.
Q: You will be with Williams again next year. Considering there might be a free cockpit at BMW Sauber, wouldnt you want to try for that?
NR: Well, as matter of fact I have a contract with Williams for next year, so there is no discussion about that for myself.
Q: How do you see your future with Williams, and the development of the team?
NR: Well, this year has gone very badly so far. For next year we need to develop a competitive car. As there is a rule change for next year, I truly believe that we can achieve way better results, as all teams will have to start from zero. For me the most important thing is that I know that I am doing a good job. Even if I finish P14 in a race, and I know I did a good job, then I am happy. And as long as the team is happy with me and is confident in my work, everything is perfect.