Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Rosberg: Rivals yet to show their real pace

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Nico Rosberg played down the significance of his fast time during testing at the Circuit de Catalunya today, saying rival reams were yet to show their hand.

“Of course you need to be really, really careful with the pace. As we’ve always seen in past years I know for a fact, for example, that other competitors haven’t shown anything near what they’re able to do.

“So just wait and see. [At] Melbourne we’ll learn more,” he told media during the lunch break in Barcelona.

Red Bull are one of the teams yet to give a clue about their potential – but they aren’t the only team Rosberg has his eye on. “Amongst other things, for sure, Red Bull is a big uncertainty,” he said.

However he does sense an improvement at the team: “What I’m sure is definitely, as a team, we’ve progressed from last year.”

“We had a very difficult year last year, especially a lot of drop-off towards the end of the season. And I think we’re in a much better position now as a team definitely communication, structure, everything is working better.

“So I’m pleased at the moment how it’s gone in the winter. We have a decent base as a car. Reliability has been sorted, everything.”

“We had a decent winter last year also,” he added. “I think we even finished top of the times sheets last year, I’m not sure, but anyway very close.”

“So that’s another reason that we just have to be really careful. The conditions are going to be really different again in Melbourne. We know for a fact last year one of our big weaknesses was tyre degradation.

“For sure we’ve learned a lot also about that but how far are we? We’ll wait and see.”

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