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Rosberg ‘still improving’ as a racer

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Nico Rosberg is still on the path of improving as a driver and the release of pressure has helped him develop
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Nico Rosberg is still on the path of improving as a driver and the release of pressure of vying for the Formula 1 world title has enable him to develop his racing mettle.

The Mercedes driver is enjoying a run of rich form with five consecutive pole positions along with back-to-back race wins in Mexico and Brazil.

Wolff says he cannot give a confident answer to where Rosberg's improvements have come from over the final few races but does feel with the title fight over, having lost the F1 championship to Hamilton at the United States Grand Prix, the German has been able to make improvements.

“I think racing drivers are a different kind of species,” Wolff said. “I have no explanation for you. You could say that Lewis won it all, he has achieved his target. The adrenaline is maybe not as high as it was before and Nico is driving without pressure.

“I have said that he [Rosberg] was driving in anger and I am not sure I am right, it is just what I think. But I could be wrong. Nico is still developing as a racing driver and you can all those Turn 1 incidents had a pretty similar pattern.”

Mercedes also says Rosberg has changed his braking phase into corners and can now tolerate more rear slipping on corner entry to be more aggressive.

Over a single lap it is believed Rosberg has been able to make gains on Hamilton's strongest driving characteristics, which could be an answer to his outstanding qualifying performances.

Wolff feels both drivers will review their season and performances during the winter and has been impressed by the way each of his men has pushed one another which has ultimately helped the German manufacturer develop its car.

“Both of them will spend time over the winter reflecting what happened at the end,” Wolff said. “One important thing is you can see his class now. And we have always tried to say that Nico's class and performance is important to make Lewis perform as he did and to make the car faster and the team to progress, and Mexico and Brazil was a good example of that class.”



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Taipan

November 18, 2015 10:30 AM

Nico is every bit as quick as Lulu over one lap he's out-qualified him 25 times in 56 races (I think) and he's had 20 poles to Lulu 23 since they were team mates. That's as close as makes no difference. Nico's problem is in wheel to wheel racing, he's never been great at it, before the super Merc he usually qualified well then dropped back a couple of places during the race. But since Spa 2014 he has become far more tentative when it comes to battling Lulu and that's down to confidence. Merc ruined the boy's confidence, if you think the sky will fall down if you touch wheels with your team mate it's not exactly going to make you feel comfortable being aggressive. Lulu on the other hand knows he has full backing from Merc no matter what stupid things he gets up to. Hopefully he can maintain his confidence next season regardless of the Merc muppets, I don't rate him as one of F1's best but he is good enough to beat Lulu, read into that what you will...



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