Although he has been tagged as the man most likely to break through and join the list of race winners in F1, Nico Rosberg insists that he would not be upset to see team-mate Michael Schumacher take Mercedes' first victory.
Speaking in the build-up to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and with the Three Pointed Star having enjoyed a successful winter testing programme, Rosberg claimed that it was more important to play a part in getting Mercedes on a par with the likes of Red Bull and McLaren before chasing personal glory.
"I'm not desperate [to win], not at all," the 26-year old German, who has started 108 grands prix with Williams and Mercedes, told Sky Sports News
, "It would be a great experience, but much more important is that I'm in this process with this team to become the best. It's just going to take a bit of time, but it's a great project to be a part of. I'm enjoying it, am fully motivated and I look forward to the good times to come."
With team-mate Schumacher - a seven-time world champion with a record haul of F1 victories to his name - claiming that Mercedes has come into the 2012 season in the best shape since its brief incarnation as Brawn GP, Rosberg is hoping that a maiden victory - for team and individual - is just around the corner. Mercedes has not recorded a race win since evolving from the double title-winning Brawn team in 2009-10, with a handful of podium finishes for Rosberg the best it has managed.
Schumacher claimed the team's best result in 2011, taking fourth place in Canada, as the team filled a similar position in the end of season pecking order, but all at Brackley will be looking to move up in 2012, particularly as the W03 is rumoured to be equipped with a modern take on the outlawed 'F-duct' system.
"Preparations have been very good, it's been a good winter," Rosberg confirmed, "Physically I'm fitter than ever, we have a much better base with the car now and it has been reliable in testing, so we have been able to do a lot of laps and fully concentrate on the development of the performance. It's been a good start for us."