Nico Rosberg has said he has a 'good feeling' going to the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.
Rosberg gave the new Mercedes Grand Prix team its very first podium finish at the Sepang International Circuit twelve months ago and while the Brackley-based outfit had a difficult start to the season in Australia last Sunday, the 25-year-old is hopeful he can replicate that rostrum result on April 10.
“We had a tough weekend in Australia but the team has worked hard and we are confident that the car will be running reliably in Malaysia,” Rosberg said. “Melbourne is a unique circuit and we know that we will have a much better understanding of our level of performance after the next races. I think we can surprise people next Sunday.
“We know that the car is fast from the last test in Barcelona, so now we have to work on proving that potential.
“To be honest, Sepang is my favourite circuit on the F1 calendar. It's fast and challenging with a nice layout and a real variation of corners which make it an exciting track to drive. Last year I qualified second and achieved the team's first podium of the season.
“I have a good feeling coming back here this year and hope to achieve a good result at the home race of our title partner Petronas.”
Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile is also fond of Sepang: “We consider Malaysia as one of our home Grand's Prix, so it obviously gives us a big boost to go there and have the support of Petronas and the Malaysian people,” Schumacher added.
“The track itself is great as it gives you a wide variety of possibilities during every lap. You can take multiple lines through some of the corners, which is something you can do hardly anywhere else.
“I have always liked driving there, and I look forward to doing it again,” he concluded.