Nico Rosberg has insisted that he will get 'equal footing' this season at Mercedes Grand Prix and that his team-mate Michael Schumacher will not start F1 2010 as the number one.

Rosberg faces a daunting task now that he will team up with Schumacher, the sport's all-time record breaker, but despite the stats, the 24-year-old has reiterated again that he will be out to beat his fellow countryman.

Indeed the former Williams man will be keen to break his F1 winners duck as soon as possible in what will be his fifth season in the top flight.

"We are on an equal footing in the team, it's always been like that at Mercedes, that's their philosophy," Rosberg told Auto Bild Motorsport magazine this week.

"Your own team-mate is the driver you always compare yourself to because he has the same car. That's why my aim is to be in front of him as often as possible."

Rosberg meanwhile added that while Schumacher may be the most successful driver in the history of F1, he's always been more of a supporter of Mika Hakkinen, a man Schumacher often said he feared - and respected - most.

"To be honest, I was a fan of Mika Hakkinen. I was always happy when he beat Michael, because he was a good friend of the family," continued Nico, son of Finnish 1982 F1 World champion, Keke Rosberg.

Rosberg, who made his debut in F1 in 2006, the year Schumacher quit the sport, is pleased though that the ex-Ferrari man is coming back.

"For three years (since leaving F1) he's stayed active and enthusiastic, and he wants to race again. He's happy and that's what really matters," Rosberg summed-up.


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