Rosberg: I'll do well against Hamilton
11 November 2012 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is 'convinced' that he can perform well against Lewis Hamilton when the latter completes his switch from McLaren. The German, who has competed alongside seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher for the past three seasons, is hoping to prove his doubters wrong in 2013.
"There's no concern, I'm pleased he's joining the team and it's a new challenge for me," Rosberg explained to ESPN. "And yes, he's one of the best out there so it's going to be very interesting going up against him. But again, I'm convinced that I'll do well and we'll see how he goes."
An early victory in China has not been enough to help Mercedes progress in the Constructors' standings this season, but 27-year-old Rosberg declared himself 'very confident' for the future.
"I'm very confident, the team is really progressing well and we have a lot more employees who have joined the team this year and they're very clever people that are going to have an impact now - slowly but surely, especially for next year," he added.
"I'm sure we are going to do even better and then also with Hamilton joining the team, that's going to be a good boost for everybody and I think it's a nice change and refreshing, which is good."