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Nico Rosberg Q&A: Mercedes' US chances 'better than usual' 16 Nov 2012

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, 15 November 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, 15 November 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, 16 November 2012

After such a difficult season, Mercedes could do with a good result in Austin this weekend. And Friday’s two practice sessions have raised Nico Rosberg’s hopes that they may just get one, as a new track levels the playing field, with everyone having to get to grips with the challenge that is the Circuit of The Americas…

Q: Nico, what is your impression of the first purpose-built Formula One circuit on American soil?
Nico Rosberg:
It is a fantastic track. They have really done an incredible job. And it is so nice to see all the many fans who have already come here on a Friday. Not even in Europe have you got all these ‘hardcore’ Friday fans. The grandstands were full - that is really special. Seems F1 has a sound fan base here. That is a great welcome back for F1.

Q: But how did the track work for you?
NR:
Well, we did better than normally. It took us quite to the front, even if I have to say that it is somewhat tricky with the temperatures - they are really low so it will be a whole different story with the tyres than at the last two races. It will be quite challenging as the tyres are really on the edge. It is a bit like winter testing.

Q: You have been working with the simulator before coming here to get a feel for the track. How is the reality?
NR:
Sure it’s different as we didn’t have a 3D scan. The real thing is always another matter - like the heights of the kerbs for example. But the overall impression that you get is something that you don’t want to miss, as it gives you the chance to immediately concentrate on the fine-tuning and not have to waste time on the general layout.

Q: What is the most challenging part of the track?
NR:
Ha, it is all quite challenging. Sector one is a bit like Suzuka: a ‘snake combination’ - left, right, left, right. And then the high elevation - something of a signature part of the track. Fantastic!

Q: How is it to drive that part – is it like you are flying blind?
NR:
No, believe me you see every inch. But yes, it feels like flying - only better.

Q: Is this a track that will become a favourite with the drivers?
NR:
Yes, it is a really, really good track.

Q: What would you say are your chances here?
NR:
I would say better than usual. I would say that it is possible to bag some good points here.

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