Hot on the heels of his best-ever result in Formula 1, Nico Rosberg is bidding to build on his strong form as the travelling circus arrives in his home town for its jewel in the crown event this coming weekend - the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German - son of 1982 world champion Keke - has enjoyed an encouraging start to his sophomore campaign in the top flight, scoring points in two of the four races held so far and currently lying eighth in the drivers' standings. Indeed, not only that, but the 2005 GP2 champion has out-qualified infinitely more experienced team-mate Alex Wurz on every occasion, and has single-handedly been responsible for all of the Grove squad's five points in the constructors' title chase.

"Monaco is the race of the year," the 21-year-old enthused. "The spectacularly exciting but very narrow track is right in the middle of my home town where I grew up, so it's also a very special race for me. All of my friends are there and the atmosphere is just great. All that has been missing from the mix is a good race result, but let's see if we can change that this weekend."

Since the latest round in Barcelona, Rosberg and Wurz have both benefited from almost 500kms set-up work over the course of a four-day test at Paul Ricard last week, the southern French circuit's layout having been re-configured to replicate the Monegasque track.

"We had a productive test during which we worked through many different mechanical and aerodynamic set-ups," remarked Williams technical director Sam Michael. "At the same time, we signed off the upgrade that we will use for the maximum downforce circuit of Monte Carlo.

"Bridgestone will be bringing the 'Super Soft' Potenza tyres to this race for the first time, and they will make a significant contribution as to how much the street circuit rubbers-in during the course of the weekend. The grip level increase is so large because, in addition to rubber being laid down, a lot of the contaminants on the road surface are lifted.

"Monaco is such a unique track and requires everyone on the team to perform their task perfectly to get a good overall result. There are just so many things that can go wrong, from driver error to the set-up and strategy. As overtaking is quite difficult, qualifying with a good race strategy will be most important."

 

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