Whilst predicting a continuation of Williams' upward momentum that began in the European Grand Prix two weeks ago, Nico Rosberg has confessed that scoring points will be a bonus in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, rather than a target.
The young German troubled the points-scorers for the first time in seven outings when he took the chequered flag eighth in Valencia – backing up team-mate Kazuki Nakajima's pre-race claim that the Spanish street circuit would better suit the FW30 than had the preceding ones.
Indeed, Rosberg has an impressive record at street tracks both this year and throughout his career in general, but he admitted that the nature of Spa-Francorchamps – winding so evocatively as it does through the Ardennes forest, with its spectacular combination of long, sweeping straights and technically-challenging, yet fast turns – may not play to the car's strengths quite so well, even if he remains confident that Williams is now finally on the right path once more.
“We had a great race at Spa last year,” the 23-year-old stated. “I finished sixth, which was one of my best results of the season. The important thing for the team at the moment is that we've identified where improvements can be made with the FW30, and are making the necessary adjustments to take us into the final few races.
“The work everyone at the factory is putting in should help us out in Spa. We're not going to make a huge jump, but we'll definitely be heading in the right direction.
“I'm really looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix, because Spa is an amazing race track. It will be difficult to score points there, but you can never predict what will happen somewhere like Spa, so we'll have to wait and see.”
As to his future with the Grove-based concern, Rosberg again underlined his commitment to the cause – as well as his threat that the former multiple world championship-winning outfit will need to perform rather better in 2009 if it is to hang onto him for the long-term.
“The team this year has given me a good car only for the three street races,” he stressed in an interview with German newspaper Bild
, “and for one of those I was on the podium.
“I am extremely ambitious – 13th or 15th places do not interest me. It is quite difficult at the moment, but I will definitely be here also next season.”