Rosberg: It’s possible it will be a bit more difficult here in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday 19 April 2012.

Nico Rosberg in the cockpit of his Mercedes AMG W03 in the Bahrain pit garage

Apr.20 (F1 Media) Chinese Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg say’s he and his Mercedes team are unsure of their competitiveness in Bahrain.

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday 19 April 2012.

Nico speaks to media at Sakhir

Rosberg’s record in Bahrain is excellent, with a podium finish in F3, two victories in GP2 and fastest lap and a points finish on his grand prix debut. “This is a track I really enjoy, I’ve had some very good memories here but again it’s just difficult to know where we’re going to be exactly,” he said, speaking in the FIA Thursday press conference. “In Shanghai of course we did very well but previously we had a few issues in the races, so it’s possible it’s going to be a bit more difficult here.”

While there has been  suggestions that the Mercedes victory in Shanghai was aided by unusually cool track temperatures, Rosberg argued that his team had been making genuine improvements in the first month of the 2012 F1 season.

“The engineers and everybody have really been making some good progress on the car, setup-wise, so we’re learning very quickly. It wasn’t a coincidence that we were fast in Shanghai. No, we did a good job and got the best out of it – but the situation could be different here with the temperatures and that might prove a little bit more of a challenge.”

While Rosberg was happy to take some of the credit for his win in China, he rejected the notion that he, rather than the car, was responsible for the victory. “Definitely not,” he said. “It was just that everything came together: I was on top of my game for the weekend in qualifying and the race, but also the set-up – the car was working very well. It was enough to win by some margin. All in all, it was a really strong weekend.”

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  • stefano

    he got lucky button fumbled on the last pitstop. that’s it.

  • Firoze

    Reply to stefano:

    I am a McLaren fan. I do not think you are correct. Even if Button was released Rosberg would have won as he was too far ahead,

  • visz963

    Agreed. It is likely that he was not even pushing 100% with such a lead.