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Rosberg seeks to carry momentum

3 June 2013

Nico Rosberg says he hopes to carry the momentum generated by his victory in Monaco into this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The Mercedes man was in dominant form in the principality, topping the times in practice and qualifying before going on to lead the race from start-to-finish, despite two Safety Car periods and a mid-race stoppage.

Having taken pole for each of the last three races, Rosberg heads to Canada aiming to challenge at the front and build on his success in Monte Carlo.

“The Canadian Grand Prix is always a great event as the fans in Montreal are so enthusiastic,” he said. “The whole city really loves the race and it's such a lively place to be over the weekend. We receive so much support out in Montreal and it's great to see that enthusiasm. The circuit itself is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar and I love the challenge of driving there. It's a very difficult layout to drive because of the low downforce levels required for the long straights and it will be tough on the tyres.

“Monaco was a fantastic weekend for the team and I'm so proud of the victory that we achieved there. We'll be hoping to maintain that momentum in Canada this weekend and will be going all out for another strong performance.”

Team principal Ross Brawn said he was hopeful of a solid showing from both Rosberg and team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and said the Mercedes squad had been buoyed by Paddy Lowe starting work at Brackley after being released early from his contract with McLaren.

“The last race in Monaco was a very special weekend for our team, and moved us substantially closer to the top three in the Constructors' Championship, but we know the hard work that lies ahead,” he said. “Both Lewis and Nico have spent time in the factory with us since Monaco and with Paddy Lowe starting at Brackley today, I'm confident that all efforts are being made to sustain that level of performance.”


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