F1 » Rosberg: I expected to finish higher

Nico Rosberg: Today wasn't an ideal ending to the season I expected to finish higher than P7. Now I'm looking ahead and I hope we can do better in 2012

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Wiki - Unregistered

November 27, 2011 8:38 PM

Like Anthony Davidson said, Rosberg is very much like an AI driver. He puts the car exactly where it should be, rarely outperforming or underperforming what the car is capable of. I much preferred last year where him and Kubica were troubling the top three teams and it wasn't just the title contenders having an influence on the championship.

Diarmuid - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 6:11 AM

Andrew, please provide one scrap of evidence that the car is designed around Schuey. You really think they would do that to avoid embarassment even if they thought he couldnt do anything? So you think Mercedes care more about protecting Michael Schumachers reputation than their own? The insanity of some people really does amuse me some times.

Tommivo - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 8:10 AM

Rosberg a talented driver but nothing extraordinary. May win a GP after 150 tries, will never be among the greatest of F1, not even of this decade...!
Thanks dad for your name !

andrew - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 8:21 AM

Diarmuid read the first post - "I much preferred last year where him and Kubica were troubling the top three teams and it wasn't just the title contenders having an influence on the championship."
During that time Shuey was struggling at the back of the field until Brawn changed the set up of the Merc to suit Shuey


November 28, 2011 9:06 AM
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andrew. i agree. the first year of schumis tenure in merc, saw constant comments that the car was not pointy enough and that schumi wanted a pointy car. however, nico was able to drive THAT car. then they changed the wheel base to make the car more pointy, but that didnt work. this year, there was a decided change to the car to make it more drivable for schumi. however, despite these changes, it is nico who has been able to extract more out of the car, but it is still not a front runner. perhaps if they design it for nico next year, the results might come?

Wiki - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 2:35 PM


I find the thought that the car was designed around Schumacher very hard to believe. What is more likely is that Schumacher is simply trying to improve the car like he did at Ferrari, eventually developing a car that allowed the likes of Irvine, Barichello and Massa to win races.
Also, Hakkinen explained how you need to be in a team for 4-5 years for the car to be truly designed for you and with Schumacher likely to be leaving at the end of 2012, it would be foolish of Mercedes to ignore Rosberg, especially after his better performances as well as his new contract.

nick - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 4:20 PM

I honestly don't think this guy will ever be a world champion,yes he's good on a single qualifying lap but he is lack luster during the race,if he doesn't stay were he is, he goes backwards..I no the cars not great but I don't think much of is race performances either

baron von brawn - Unregistered

November 28, 2011 6:11 PM

They are trying to design a car fast enough to catch red bull not **** about with teammate rivalry.
Back when rosberg was doing better was cos the others were not so far away. A car suiting rosberg was not fast enough back then either.
Hopefully they have their act together next year cos it must be burning shumey that he hasn't even had a podium since coming back. If they do ok I can see him sticking around for a while.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 8:05 AM

Nico has what it takes in my opinion. What he lacks at the moment is the right car, obvious, and team set up. Anyone partnering Schumi would find it tough and a little intimidating and under the circumstances Nico has held his own and done a great job.
As for the car design why t should they not design/alter the car to get it to work for Schumi. He's an equal driver in the team and is just as entitled to have a car that works for him as Nico does. One thing for sure Nico doesn't hold back. If he has something to say he will say it and if there was anything untoward going on at Merc re favouritism he would say so.
Merc are struggling to produce a challenger full stop. If they do it will be one that both drivers will be able to challenge with. And I believe both are good enough to given the opportunity.

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