F1 »

Rosberg: No number 1 or number 2 at Mercedes

"What I can say for Mercedes is that we don't have a number one or number two driver" - Nico Rosberg
With reverberations surrounding team orders still emanating from a controversial Malaysian Grand Prix three weeks ago, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was clearly bristling when the subject was raised again on Friday ahead of the 2013 Chinese GP at Shangahi International Circuit, where he is the defending race champion.

"I don't want to comment on that - and in fact it is history," the German racer said when asked yet another variation of question regarding how he'd been instructed by team principal Ross Brawn to hold station behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton for the closing laps at Sepang.

"It is out of my head," Rosberg insisted. "What is in my head right now is that the car feels really good and that I want to attack, attack, attack on Sunday."

While Sebastian Vettel has been in the spotlight for ignoring comparable team orders at Red Bull in the same race, Rosberg earned plaudits and a certain amount of sympathy after he did as he was told and came home in fourth position while Lewis Hamilton claimed the podium position just inches ahead.

"I respect my boss. It probably was a bit unfortunate that we hadn't discussed such a situation before the race, but that is solved now for the future," Rosberg explained. "Of course this is an ambivalent situation and as everybody can imagine it is absolutely not to my liking.

"We are one team and together we fight for the championship. If you have plans to win it you need the backing of your team, and that involves respecting orders, especially from your boss," he added, saying that the team had now discussed and put in place a strategy for any similar situations in the future so that everyone knew where they stood.

But Rosberg was not happy when asked if the team orders at Malaysia strongly suggested that Rosberg was now the team's number two driver behind Hamilton.

"Counter question: have you asked Sebastian Vettel if he is the number two driver now after he was told not to overtake Mark Webber in Malaysia?" he said with a steely edge to his voice. "Ah, you see!

"What I can say for Mercedes is that we don't have a number one or number two driver," he insisted. "That's how it was for all of the past three years where my team mate was seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher! Is this answer enough?"





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
12.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
12.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
12.04.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
11.04.2013- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
24.07.2014- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
24.07.2014- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
24.07.2014- Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
24.07.2014- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
24.07.2014- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.07.2014- Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
24.07.2014- Mercedes AMG F1 W05, detail
24.07.2014- McLaren Mercedes MP4-29, detail
24.07.2014- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
24.07.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.07.2014- Mercedes truck
24.07.2014- Mercedes truck
24.07.2014- Mercedes AMG F1 W05, detail
20.07.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Chimp Handler - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 4:02 PM

"When Nicos won a world Championship and has multiple race wins like Lewis maybe then he can be treated equally" Chicken or the egg... do you really think he will have a shot at a WDC if he stays with merc and plays 2nd fiddle?



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.