Mercedes: It would be very special to achieve a good result in Germany

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg visit the Mercedes factory in Stuttgart

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg visit the Mercedes factory in Stuttgart ahead of the German GP weekend

Jul.20 (F1 Media) After a quiet day at Silverstone, Nico Rosberg and Mercedes are expecting a better German Grand Prix weekend at Hockenheim, in front of what is likely to be a partisan home crowd with high expectations of their Silver Arrows team.

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday 19 July 2012.Speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference, Nico Rosberg argued against a suggestion that Mercedes’ season has tailed-off in recent weeks. “ I don’t think that’s quite right – it’s just that we haven’t maximised what we had in the last few races and that then eventually finished with the race in Silverstone where yes, the track didn’t really suit our car,” he said. “I still think we have a good car and I still think if conditions suit us and we get a grip on the tyres – like at the track here in Hockenheim , which should suit our car a lot better – I think we should be able to do a much better result.”

Rosberg’s thoughts were echoed by team-mate Michael Schumacher. “I guess the most difficult race we have behind us – that was Silverstone. Hockenheim will suit our car much more naturally. And obviously I’m a lot more optimistic. We’d love to do well [in front of the Mercedes Tribune] and if one of us two could be on the podium, I think that will be great.

Unlike the many high-speed corners at Silverstone, the modern Hockenheim features just two, with most of the circuit medium speed. It also rewards good traction and stability under braking more than is the case at the British Grand Prix.

“Our performance has been up and down recently, ranging from podiums to lower points finishes, and we need to work hard to improve our level of consistency and ability to challenge at the front of the field,” said team principal Ross Brawn earlier in the week.

“The Hockenheim layout should be more suited to the F1 W03 than the high-speed Silverstone layout, and we are bringing some further improvements to the car which should help our performance. It would be very special to achieve a good result in Germany, so we will be working hard to achieve just that,” said the team boss.

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  • Hawk

    If you are looking for tracks that suit your car midway the season, you are in trouble. Red Bull and Ferrari are way past that now.
    The Macs (McL & Merc) are still deep in it.