Nico Rosberg believes he now has the edge over his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton after reversing the 2008 champion’s early season run of form with strong results in Monaco and Canada.
Rosberg heads to this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix with a 22-point advantage over his team-mate, having ended Hamilton’s run of four victories with a win in Monaco, before following it up with a second place finish in Canada while Hamilton failed to finish for the second time this season.
“If your team-mate has three or four wins in a row that’s obviously going to strengthen his position,” Rosberg told Press Association. “So it was really important to bring that run to an end because psychology is a big part of sports.
“If you have those results behind you, like I do now, it gives you that little bit extra, that little bit of an edge, so it does help. It’s important.”
After reliability issues for Mercedes in Canada, which saw Hamilton retire and cost Rosberg the race lead, the German insists that only a 1-2 finish in Austria will do, owing to the current quality of the W05 car.
“It’s a work in progress,” he added. “We’ve been good with reliability, but we have had a few problems now, so we have to keep on going and make sure it’s 100%, but of course it’s never easy.
“It sucks because our car is fast enough to win every race, so coming away from Canada without the win was a big disappointment for our team.
“We need to bounce back in Austria and finish one-two in every race given the car we have.”
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