Nico Rosberg is hoping that the challenging Suzuka circuit, which hosts this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, will suit his Mercedes W04. The German finished in seventh place at the Korean Grand Prix last weekend after suffering a front wing failure mid-way through the race.
He is optimistic that Mercedes can score a result that they deserve this weekend: “Suzuka is one of the most exciting circuits of the year and I love racing there. Our car has been fast in high-speed corners this season as we seem to have good downforce so I hope the fast layout of Suzuka will suit us this weekend. I would love to get the deserved good result that has eluded us for the last few races and I know that everyone has been working really hard to achieve that.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton is also excited to return to Suzuka, feeling that it is one of F1′s last remaining “old-school” circuit’s. Commenting on the high-speed track he said: “Suzuka is one of the few circuits we have left in Formula One with the authenticity of a real old-school circuit. I drove there for the first time in 2009 and it takes a while to pick up pace each year because of how fast-flowing it is. If you touch the grass at any point, it’s going to spin you off into the wall, so it’s a much more demanding circuit in terms of precision, positioning and turning points for each corner.”
He finished fifth last time out in Korea despite starting alongside Sebastian Vettel on the front row. The Brit felt that his car was strong during the Korean Grand Prix and is eager to see where Mercedes will fit in this weekend: “It’s a real race track where you have to think ahead as a driver and it just needs crazy levels of downforce from the car. From my point of view, the car felt fantastic to drive in Korea when everything was hooked up, so I am excited to get to Japan and see what we can do there.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas team principal Ross Brawn also commented on the up-coming race weekend. He is hoping that they can bounce back from the disappointment of Korea and finish in a position that represents the true potential of the car: “It was a tough weekend for us in Korea so our clear target will be to respond to that disappointment with a result that delivers the full potential of the car we have developed this season.”
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