Nico Rosberg says that this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix should play to the characteristics of the Mercedes W04.
Rosberg, who has not claimed a podium finish since June’s British Grand Prix, reckons that the W04 should suit Suzuka’s high speed layout.
“Suzuka is one of the most exciting circuits of the year and I love racing there,” he said ahead of this weekend’s race.
“Our car has been fast in high-speed corners this season as we seem to have good downforce so I hope the fast layout of Suzuka will suit us this weekend.”
“The Japanese fans are always very enthusiastic which is fantastic and I look forward to seeing them again. I would love to get the deserved good result that has eluded us for the last few races and I know that everyone has been working really hard to achieve that.”
Executive director Toto Wolff also thinks that the team should perform strongly in Japan.
“The team had a frustrating time in Korea: qualifying showed the pace that we had in the car but we were not able to use it at the right moments of the race,” he said.
“We also lost points because of a problem on Nico’s car and everybody in the team is working hard to get on top of reliability issues like this one. Looking ahead to Japan, we can take two small positives from last weekend. First, we closed the points gap to Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, and it now stands at just a single point.”
“The second is that our car was possibly the quickest of all in sector two last weekend, which contained all the medium and high-speed corners. This is promising for Suzuka, where nearly two thirds of the corners are taken in fourth gear or higher, and should see our car perform well on this fantastic track.”