Mercedes' Nico Rosberg believes that he can get amongst the leading three teams for a strong end to the year in the final round of the F1 2011 season in Brazil.

Over the course of the F1 2011 world Championship, Mercedes have struggled to get on terms with the front running cars of Red Bull, Mclaren and Ferrari, however Rosberg is convinced that the Silver Arrows will have the speed to upset the status quo at Interlagos.

"The stronger qualifying and race pace in Abu Dhabi makes me confident that we can push and try to catch one of the cars from the top three teams at Interlagos," he said. "Our Mercedes engine power and the top speed in the car will be good for getting up the hill on the long start-finish straight."

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The Mercedes power has been arguably the car's greatest strength this year, helping the team post good performances at Spa and Monza in particular.

Rosberg and Mercedes have yet to score a single podium in 2011, and this will be weighing on the young German's mind as he looks to end the year on a good note.

"I would love to give the season a nice ending," he said. "Our engineers, the boys in the garage and everybody at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth deserve a good result at our last race"

Rosberg's optimism is backed up by a track he enjoys, and some important steps forward for the car he will be tackling it in.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Brazil next week," he said. "The Interlagos track is amazing to drive, and in the last weeks we have made some steps forward without having any big updates on the car, so it should be a good weekend."

by Philip Barclay