F1 »

Rosberg: We seem to be quicker than we thought

Nico Rosberg has reflected that Williams is 'in a better position than we thought' heading into the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship campaign, after pacing both free practice sessions on the opening day of running at Albert Park for the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Indeed, not only did the young German show his rivals the way throughout the day – around a circuit where this time last year he produced a superb drive to claim his maiden rostrum finish in the top flight, with third place behind McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and BMW-Sauber ace Nick Heidfeld – but in the morning session team-mate Kazuki Nakajima completed the Grove-based concern's joy with the second-best time, barely five hundredths of a second adrift.

Though the Japanese ace ultimately slipped back to seventh position at the close of play – half a second away from the sister FW31 – Rosberg's sustained pace seemed to back up the 23-year-old's pre-season assertion, in company with team co-founder Sir Frank Williams, that this could be the former multiple world championship-winning outfit's best chance in years to leapfrog back up the grid and reclaim its old form [see separate story – click here]. Now he just needs to maintain that performance throughout the Melbourne weekend.

“In both sessions, sector two was working particularly well,” the son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg affirmed. “There are only two 'real' corners in the sector, but it's really interesting and it feels good in the car.

“The FW31 is well-balanced all -round the track, but seems even moreso there than in any other places. After a winter of testing, it's good to get out on a new, fresh track – and we seem to be in a better position than we thought.”

“Sector two is my favourite here at Albert Park,” echoed Nakajima. “It includes a complete variety of corners, from the medium-speed turn six to the slow-speed corners like nine, while eleven and twelve are the quickest. It makes it hard to establish a rhythm, but sector two certainly keeps your attention!”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30, Valencia F1 Grand Prix, 22nd-24th, August 2008
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 1st place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, 2nd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.