28 June 2014
Silverstone F1 ‘all about the team’ for Rosberg
Nico Rosberg has good reason to look forward to Silverstone, but acknowledges that this is one F1 race about more than just how he fares.
Nico Rosberg has said that he will be striving for another F1 race weekend next weekend to reward the efforts of those behind the scenes at Mercedes AMG Petronas.
The German has now won three times in 2014 and, with a record of not finishing outside the top two in eight attempts, holds a healthy championship lead over hapless team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the schedule heads for the Briton's home event at Silverstone.
Rosberg has many reasons to be looking forward to returning to the British Grand Prix, not least as is the defending race champion, but acknowledges that there are reasons beyond his own why the race is special.
“I enjoy going to Silverstone personally, but really this one is all about the team,” he explained, “For the hundreds of people at Brackley and Brixworth, it's a home race, and many of them will be there with their families and friends across the weekend. I want to put on a good show and get the best result possible out of it for them after all their hard work this season.”
Of course 'the best result possible' will be another top two finish, preferably taking a fourth win to bring him level on that count with Hamilton and ensure that he heads into the second half of the season with a cushion at the top of the standings. Rosberg, however, is aware that the opposition is unlikely to be restricted to just his team-mate.
“The last race weekend in Austria was not an easy one for us, so I was delighted to come away with the win and even more so for the team to have both cars at the front when we crossed the line,” he said, referring to the battle with Williams at the Red Bull Ring, “The atmosphere at the circuit was really great and, being so close to Germany, it almost felt like a home race for me.”
'Atmosphere' is something that Rosberg will be expecting in Britain, although the mood may be somewhat different to last year, now that he finds himself in a direct championship fight with the crowd favourite!
“When I managed to win there last season, it was actually very close to my birthday and, when I was up on stage doing a quick interview, the whole crowd started singing 'Happy Birthday' to me, which was very cool!” he recalled, “The British fans are absolutely fantastic!”
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