The German extended his lead in the drivers’ standings at the last race in Canada. Having led for most of the event, an MGU-K failure caused him to lose power and brakes.
His team-mate Lewis Hamilton failed to finish, but Rosberg managed to reach the chequered flag in second place. Looking back at the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, he says Mercedes cannot afford another slip-up.
“Although it was a really, really tough day, I’m pleased with the result in Montreal,” he said. “The car was strong throughout the weekend, so to have the problems we experienced in the race was not what we expected.
“It just goes to show that you can never be too well prepared and our priority has been to make sure the car is bullet-proof for the rest of the season.
“When you take everything into account, finishing second in that race was quite an achievement for everyone in the team. But we know we cannot afford to slip up, as our rivals are always there to take advantage.”
F1 last raced in Austria in 2003, when the track was known as the A1-Ring. Rosberg has not competed there since 2003, when he was driving in the Formula 3 Euro Series, and is excited for the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to the next race in Austria and a chance to get back to our winning form once again,” he said. “Although I’ve driven the circuit before, that was more than ten years ago in F3: back when it was still called the A1 Ring.
“Of course, it will be very different in a Turbocharged, V6 Hybrid Formula One car, so it’s basically like starting from scratch for everyone on the grid. Personally, I love that kind of challenge, so I’m excited to get back in the car and go for another top result.”
Image courtesy of Octane Photographic