Rosberg expecting improvement in Italy
4 September 2012 – The race weekends of Hungary and Belgium have brought struggles for Mercedes and Monza is likely to yield a similar situation this weekend. Nonetheless, Nico Rosberg hopes for a greater chance to challenge for both himself and Michael Schumacher.
Mercedes won at Monza with Juan Manuel Fangio in both 1954 and 1955, but are yet to celebrate anything more than two fifth place finishes since returning to F1 two and a half years ago. In Belgium, Schumacher and Rosberg ended the race seventh and 11th.
“I'm looking forward to getting to Monza on Thursday and getting the weekend underway,” says the younger of the two Germans. “After a difficult weekend at Spa, I believe that our car will be much better suited to the amazing and high-speed Monza. We will also have a different package there for the long straights, with low downforce required.
“We are continuing to work hard on improving our car and I'm quite positive about the news that I hear from the factory, although we know that it will be a tough job with all of the other teams developing quickly as well.”
At Spa, Mercedes was fortunate that both Saubers – which started second and fourth and promised to eat into their lead for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship – were taken out of contention in the first-corner chaos. The silver arrows now sit 32 points ahead of their Swiss counterparts.