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Nico Rosberg Q&A: Mercedes looking good for qualifying 05 Jul 2013

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Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
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Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 4 July 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013

Having won the previous Grand Prix in Britain, Nico Rosberg made an equally positive start on home soil in Germany, setting the second quickest time in both practice sessions on Friday.

After stepping out of the car, the Mercedes driver spoke about the team's competitiveness at the Nurburgring and the performance of the revised Pirelli tyres...

Q: Nico, it seems that Mercedes have got what it takes here at the Nurburgring. How did it go today?
Nico Rosberg:
It was a good day today and an interesting one due to the fact that we’ve tried new tyres. That meant that we looked at a different set-up and, from what we’ve experienced today, what we have put on the car works pretty well. At least it showed that we are quick again on a single lap - and that is promising for qualifying. A bit of a question mark is the fact that it is very likely going to be warmer on Sunday, so we have to see how this affects our performance. But for now - fingers crossed - we are on a good go!

Q: What does it mean for a German driver to race on home soil, and also on such a historic track like the Nurburgring in a Silver Arrow?
NR:
It does mean a lot, and just two days ago I had the chance to drive a 1954 Silver Arrow raced by Juan Manuel Fangio with which he won on the famous Nordschleife. Also it was here that the Silver Arrow was born in 1934, because they had to take all the actual white color off as the car was too heavy, leaving it bare silver metal and this is how the name was born. I did one lap, and it is amazing to think that back in the day they did race this very track flat-out with no barriers; just the forest, the track, then maybe even rain. It was very crazy. Today unfortunately a track over 20 kilometres long wouldn’t work as it would not meet the safety regulations. It would be just too difficult to ensure a safe recovery if something happened somewhere on the track. Also the spectators wouldn’t really be able to keep track of who was leading.

Q: Looking back at Silverstone and comparing it to this weekend; do you have any prediction of how this weekend could possibly turn out for you and your team?
NR:
Silverstone was a great experience and for sure it was good for the team as well, as it was the home race for the team. It is a great time at the moment - you know that you are going into the next race with a really good car and you can do well again. For sure there is a question mark with the new tyres that we are getting from Pirelli, but then again that affects everybody. We just have to find out how much we are affected. We already had the chance to run this specification for a few laps in Montreal but did not really collect enough data. What is unfortunate for us is that we are not allowed to swap the rear tyres anymore, as this did help us. In Silverstone it was maybe only Red Bull that had the edge on us, and now things have changed from the last race to this race, as we were just getting to be really good at managing the tyres. Generally I think that Pirelli have taken the right measures and they did the best thing they could in such a short period of time.

Q: After that Silverstone win, did you and the team have the chance to celebrate?
NR:
Not really unfortunately, as I was in the simulator the next day at 8.30am and it would have been the wrong preparation to arrive there tired! (laughs)

Q: Just before the Hungarian Grand Prix there is the young driver test at Silverstone where a new specification of tyre will be trialed. Obviously, Mercedes are not allowed to participate because of your penalty from the FIA - is there a concern that this might affect the team?
NR:
In this case we rely on the decisions of the FIA, and we are sure that (the new tyres) will be safe for everybody, including us.

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