The German Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Formula One world runner-up and second in the World Championship, ten points behind his English teammate Lewis Hamilton, who set the best time on the last day of testing at Spielberg, site of the last Grand Prix of Austria, who won himself, explained that “the car is good” and that they will be “strong next race.”
Rosberg, 29, who last Sunday, repeating last year’s victory in Austria, achieved his eleventh victory in Formula One, the third of the year, covered this Wednesday, in the best of his 117 laps, the 4,326 meters of the Styrian track in one minute, nine seconds, and 113 thousandths.
“Monday and Tuesday were two long days waiting for better weather, so today was a very important day, since now there are only four days of testing during the season,” explained Rosberg, in statements released by his team during the Wednesday afternoon in Spielberg.
“Fortunately, the track was consistent and we were able to try a lot of different things,” said Keke Rosberg’s son, who won the 1982 Formula One World Cup for Finland.
“We had a gearbox problem just before lunch but luckily it didn’t take us any time as we were able to work on it during the break and the guys did a great job of getting me out there as soon as possible so I am very grateful to them ”, commented Nico, author of 16 ‘poles’ in F1.
“It was an intense program, but we completed it and learned a lot. We started with aerodynamic work, then we spent some time looking at things about tires and some mechanical issues such as experimental adjustments, “said the German, who has 159 points in the World Championship, ten less than Hamilton.
“We also rode in a rigid setup in preparation for Silverstone (England, where the ninth Grand Prix of the season, Great Britain, will be held on Sunday 5 July), something that will be useful for next week,” commented the rider. from Wiesbaden.
“The car goes well with that, so I am convinced that we will be strong in the next race,” said Rosberg, who came second in Austria on Sunday, where he forged his victory after passing Hamilton – who had started from pole. at the exit.
“It is a very fast track and you have to drive hard. But those kinds of characteristics – with high speed cornering and high downforce – is one of the specialties of our car, so I am optimistic, “said Rosberg. EFE