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Nico Rosberg Q&A: We're managing the tyres much better 22 Jun 2012

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Thursday, 21 June 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Practice, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 22 June 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Practice, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 22 June 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Practice, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 22 June 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Practice, Valencia, Spain, Friday, 22 June 2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 with fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Thursday, 21 June 2012

It would be a fantastic story if we are gifted with an eighth winner in our eighth race this weekend in Valencia. But the likes of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg would much rather win their second Grand Prix of the season than see yet another claim the spoils. Rosberg discusses his chances…

Q: Nico, how do you think you’ll fare this weekend after your findings on Friday?
Nico Rosberg:
We have a good car so it is almost irrelevant where we are, as we always have the chance to have a good result. We’ve made a big step forward with our tyre management. You saw that in Canada the abrasion was much less than at the previous races. Now the crucial thing is to improve it even more. Everything is so close this season. There is no comfy gap for anybody anymore. So the margin between a perfect and a not-so perfect weekend can translate into gaining or losing a lot of points.

Q: You said that the Canadian race was a leap forward, but you only finished in sixth. That’s not enough for the championship…
NR:
Because it wasn’t a perfect weekend. From the beginning there were small hiccups so instead of fighting at the very top I only ended in P6. But don’t get me wrong. In the end every point counts!

Q: What is the biggest difference between you and Michael Schumacher?
NR:
The difference is simply explained by bad luck. As we are operating as a team we have to work on this aspect. Reliability issues have to be eliminated. Because at times I have also had issues.

Q: Do you discuss the situation with each other? Do you reassure him?
NR:
He asks me if we can switch cars for the next race! (laughs) No, such talks and scenarios do not happen.

Q: Are you worried the same might happen to you?
NR:
No, you softly push aside thoughts of that sort.

Q: The Valencia track is likened to Monaco and it’s considered to be almost impossible to overtake. Can you explain why that is?
NR:
The straights are rather short and in the corners it is very difficult to stay glued in the same position. That is the similarity with Monaco. With the change of the DRS zone my guess is that we will see more overtaking. In addition, the different tyre strategies will mix up the field. I had Kimi (Raikkonen) behind me and I was sure that had I stayed out, he would have overtaken me. He was on a different programme than I was and was faster than me, so I am sure he would have passed me. That leaves me to believe that overtaking is possible.

Q: Seven races and seven different winners. How likely is it that the eighth race will give us an eighth winner?
NR:
Well, I hope I can repeat my win. But, yes, we could see an eighth winner. Isn’t that what makes this season so much better than previous ones?

Q: Why are you so optimistic?
NR:
Because this track suits us. I predict that we will do well this weekend. How well? Let’s wait and see.

Q: It wasn’t very hot on Friday but on Saturday and Sunday it’s expected to be much hotter. How will you cope with this? Are you better prepared for it than in the past?
NR:
Yes indeed it should be hot and yes, we’ve learnt our lessons. We still might not be perfect but we have improved a lot. So look out for a sizzling race in every sense of the word!

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