Rosberg: Austria 'like starting from scratch'

By on Saturday, June 14, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Championship leader Nico Rosberg says that the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to Formula 1 means that everyone will be 'starting from scratch' at next weekend's event.

Rosberg, who holds a 22 point lead over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, has never raced a Formula 1 car around the Red Bull Ring and believes that it'll be an interesting weekend for the sport.

"[It's] a chance to get back to our winning form once again," he said of Austria's return to the calendar.

"Although I've driven the circuit before, that was more than ten years ago in F3: back when it was still called the A1 Ring! Of course, it will be very different in a Turbocharged, V6 Hybrid Formula One car, so it's basically like starting from scratch for everyone on the grid. Personally, I love that kind of challenge, so I'm excited to get back in the car and go for another top result."

Rosberg believes that Mercedes cannot afford to slip up again after ERS problems led to the championship leaders having their unbeaten streak ended by Daniel Ricciardo.

"Although it was a really, really tough day, I'm pleased with the result in Montreal," said Rosberg.

"The car was strong throughout the weekend, so to have the problems we experienced in the race was not what we expected. It just goes to show that you can never be too well prepared and our priority has been to make sure the car is bullet-proof for the rest of the season.

"When you take everything into account, finishing second in that race was quite an achievement for everyone in the team. But we know we cannot afford to slip up, as our rivals are always there to take advantage."


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