Nico Rosberg is feeling buoyant heading to the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend and has said it's a 'very nice feeling' to be second in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title.
Rosberg has had a great start to the year and took his second podium finish in succession last time out in China. That result increased his season tally to 50 points and leaves him just 10 points behind current F1 2010 drivers' championship leader, Jenson Button.
Rosberg will now be aiming to maintain his strong run of results at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya and ideally once again put his Mercedes Grand Prix car on the rostrum.
"It's a very nice feeling to be going into the European season with second place in the Drivers' Championship and with a significant upgrade for our car in Barcelona next weekend," Rosberg said.
"From talking to the guys at the factory, I know that they having been working really hard to get everything ready on time and it will be interesting to see the effect that the new developments have on the car.
"Barcelona is such a familiar circuit as we have tested there so often over the years that we should be able to spend the practice sessions just focusing on getting the most out of the upgrades.
"Returning to Europe is when the season feels like it really gets underway and we will be doing our best to continue our good run and podium finishes from the first four races. I'm looking forward to it."
Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug meanwhile is also excited about the event and he too wants to see if the modifications made to the MGP W01 will help the Brackley-based outfit close the gap to the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari.
"After the first four flyaway races in Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China, Nico is currently second in the Drivers' World Championship which shows that he and our Mercedes GP Petraons team have done a good job in the first fifth of the season getting the best results from the material available," Haug added.
"The start of the European season though in Barcelona will be a very important race to establish whether the competitive order of the field has changed as every top team will introduce technical upgrades.
"Our MGP W01 will have the first set of significant changes which will be followed by a defined rhythm of further upgrades, all of which are aimed at getting our car to the very top of the field."