Rosberg: We can win the title this year, we are very close 5 July, 2012 Nico Rosberg has set his sights very high this year Jul.5 (GMM) Nico Rosberg has admitted that the Mercedes AMG W03 is not the fastest car in 2012, but nevertheless insists that he is in the running for this year’s F1 world championship title as the team is innovating in an unprecedented manner. The German won his first grand prix, after more than a hundred attempts, earlier this year in China; a breakthrough also for Mercedes after a 55-year victory drought. 27-year-old Rosberg said recently that the W03 car is perhaps the fastest overall on the 2012 grid. Was he correctly quoted? “No, no. It’s not the fastest car,” he said in an interview with Marca newspaper, conducted with Rosberg in Spanish. “It’s a good car, and in some races it’s the fastest, and anyway we’re in a good situation. We have to take a small step forward and then, yes, we can fight to win every race.” His optimism might raise a few eyebrows, but perhaps they shouldn’t, given that he is only being beaten in the drivers’ standings so far by grandees Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Why, then, is he not considered a real 2012 championship contender? “Because the others are with teams that have won championships, while I’m with…we are a team that is growing,” answered Rosberg. “If we can win again then people will start looking at us as contenders.” The interviewer pointed out that at a team featuring multiple title winners Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher, it is “curious” that Rosberg is the one best poised to succeed now. “Curious?” Rosberg answered. “I was sure that I could do well with this team, but I’m not happy to be ahead of Michael. He is having much less luck than me. His car has not reached the finish line four times this year, even though he is driving very well – better than the other years.” Arguably most importantly for Mercedes, however, is that the former Brawn team is now being once again regarded as a leader in F1 innovation, chiefly because of the novel F-duct system seen in 2012. But Rosberg insists that there are other “very smart things” on the W03 as well. “That’s the difference between this year and previous years. Before we were copying and now we are inventing things that are working very well for us. Ross is still very smart,” responded Rosberg with a smile. So perhaps Mercedes and Rosberg will be fully equipped to win the championship together in 2013? “Perhaps this year,” the German smiled again. “We are close; we are very close.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsRosberg overlooked for top German sports awardJock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and NicoMercedes ready to compromise to end F1 engine disputeHamilton: I feel like I’ve got another seven years in F1Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the YearRosberg: I learned a lot and know what I have to work onFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeFormula 1 world surprised by Mercedes dominance in 2014Mercedes seek FP1 role for Wehrlein in 2015 muddles Nico, you are dreaming. justme Yes he can. Grosjean could win it out, just like a handfull other drivers out there. Red Bull has the best car at the moment with several other teams very close so there are about 10 drivers who still can win the titel. If one of the mid teams is able to use its tyres and pit stops optimal for a serie of races anything almost anything can happen. george Kimi only 2 points behind you Nico!!!Come on iceman!!! Butterfly That’s the spirit, kid, but you won’t do it. seb this airhead should choose his words carefully. “fastest”? then took it back. now “ross is STILL very smart”? very arrogant of this guy. he won’t go that far in f1. dream on bobble head! nemo Remember where Ferrari were at the start of the year? Now they’re the only team who have won twice. You never know what special feature they have up their sleeve wtf well you dont have to be einstein (although you’d be hard pressed to find any of the sort around here) to realise if 1 team get an edge over the rest of the field then theres enough races in the season for any drivers up to Raikkonen to be able to pull it off. If that were to be Mercedes and Rosberg and Schumienjoy a series of 1-2 finishes till the end of the season, then its easy to predict that Rosberg would win the title for the advantage he holds over Schumi Sadly RBR seem to be finding an edge lately Hawk @seb I do not see him say anthing out of the ordinary. you should note that Spanish is neither his first nor second language so he can say something and mean something slightly different. Secondly, to make it even worse we are reading a translation.