Exclusive Q&A with Mercedes Nico Rosberg 10 Jun 2012
Sunday in Canada was probably not a perfect day for Merecdes Nico Rosberg. Although the eight points he gleaned from his sixth-placed finish were a welcome addition to his championship tally, Rosberg had been tipped by some as a possible Montreal victor before the weekend had got underway. The German discusses his race and the importance of tyres this season
Q: Nico, how would you sum up the Canadian race? How much did the hiccup on Saturday morning distract you?
Nico Rosberg: Well, it definitely made it a bit more difficult. But I must say that P5 on the grid was a very good result in those circumstances. That the race didnt go to plan is another matter. It was really a rollercoaster race for me. There were good times and bad times and in the end it was all over the place. We have to analyse over the next few days what really happened. I am sure that I could have done better today - definitely. But at the same time it could have been worse. So overall sixth place is okay and it means good points for the championship. It was again a tyre race. Look at Sergio Perez! Sauber must have found something that works well with the tyres.
Q: So can you talk us through your race? The start seemed good but then it seemed to be easy for Force Indias Paul di Resta and Ferraris Felipe Massa to pass
NR: Well, in the first couple of laps I had a problem finding the rhythm. I didnt feel comfortable on the brakes and I would say that my seventh gear was a bit too short and that was at the beginning. Then came laps where I felt very much at home. Of course it could have worked out better.
Q: You were still very quick so why wasnt enough for the podium?
NR: As I just said before it was a race of very different phases. I was very smooth with the tyres and still I could not match Perez and Romain Grosjean. It is hard for myself to understand.
Q: Would it have made any difference if you had not cut the chicane, maybe Perez then wouldnt have been able to slip by?
NR: I have no idea. The fact is he was fast in that phase.
Q: Weve seen seven different winners so far this season. Where is the championship heading?
NR: I have no idea. I just know that it is fantastic for the fans - and a big chance for us. We have to understand the tyres better, although we do understand quite a lot by now. It is an interesting topic - one that I would say is key to this years championship. But if you take those seven different winners then all the others are also trying to get acquainted with the tyres not just us. It is a very difficult language to learn!
Q: Lets get back to your season so far. They say the toughest win is your first. Is that true?
Nico Rosberg: Obviously. At least that is what Niki Lauda said after his first win so there must be some truth in it. The first one is tough - and from then on it should be easy - so lets hope its true! It would be very much appreciated! Because it has become rather more difficult since then.
Q: After China did you hope you could score a second successive win? Why didnt you? What is standing in your way?
NR: Everybody is really close out there. Take Monaco. We had the best car there whereas here it wasnt the case. So it is bit up and down from track to track. I think in the end it is just important to be as consistent as possible and then there will come a track where you again have the fastest car. And then there you will win again. Hopefully!
Q: Your qualifying pace is fantastic but the race pace needs to improve
NR: Why do you say that? I dont fully agree with that. Take Monaco, we were quick in qualifying and quick in the race. In Bahrain you are right, in Barcelona you are right and yes here in Montreal you are right. So probably it is true that at more races weve been faster in qualifying. But I am not worried because we have very clever people looking into the issue. I still believe that if you have no problem with the car it is still all about tyre management and we are learning very quickly.
Q: Lewis Hamilton, who finally won his first race of the season in Canada, has said winning this year is very random and that anybody can win. Is that true?
NR: No, that is not true. This is not an equal opportunity society where anybody can win but different cars work with the tyres in different ways under different conditions. You have to try as a team to have a car that works with the tyres in all conditions. And then it is not random anymore and that is when you win more than one race.
Q: Red Bulls motorsport advisor Helmut Marko counted you amongst the five drivers who could decide the title. Would you agree?
NR: Well, I dont count myself into anything. I am concentrating on winning and will take it from there, whatever it means for the championship.
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