Nico Rosberg says it’s hard to gauge the potential of Mercedes heading into the Japanese GP, but he believes that the fast nature of Suzuka will play to the strengths of the W04.
“It’s difficult to say at the moment which tracks suit our car and which not,” said Rosberg. “Because if you look at Singapore, we were also quick, except for Red Bull. I was the second-quickest car, except for (Sebastian) Vettel. You can’t say our traction is a disaster, because Singapore is traction. I’m not so sure, but if anything maybe my tendency would be to say that high-speed corners are even better for us, so this should be a good track for us.”
Meanwhile, Rosberg doesn’t go along with suggestions that F1 is boring – and says that he always thinks he has a chance of beating Vettel.
“I go into it with that belief,” he said. “Even Singapore, it was not even a tenth of a second in qualifying. He’s not that far away, and things can always go such that I get a shot.”
“They’re doing a great job, Red Bull and Sebastian. Both of them together are fantastic,” Rosberg said. “And it’s very difficult to beat them, for sure. But I find, still, that the sport is still massively exciting, even with his domination, because if you look at Korea, I’m sure nine out of 10 people will say it was a great race. And next year there’s a big rule change coming. The chances are that it’s going to mix things up again and just keep things interesting. That’s my point of view. Of course I would like to end the dominance, personally.”