Rosberg: Next year is a great opportunity where everybody starts from scratch

Nico Rosberg has high hopes for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has high hopes for Mercedes in 2014

Nico Rosberg says that he is confident that Mercedes can end Red Bull‘s dominance of Formula 1, starting with the 2014 season and the advent of the new turbo era.

At first glance, the German’s prediction seems unlikely, given the way Sebastian Vettel is currently winning grands prix with a two-second per lap advantage.

“Well, I don’t think it’s two seconds faster,” Rosberg is quoted by Brazil’s Agencia Estado, “I think it’s less than that.

“Ok, maybe [the advantage] is that sometimes, but – either way – I’m not worried, because next year is a great opportunity where everyone will be put back to zero.¬†Everybody starts from scratch,” he added.

Behind Sebastian Vettel Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been the best of the rest in 2013

Behind Sebastian Vettel Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been the best of the rest in 2013

Actually, the claim that all teams will start ‘from scratch’ at the beginning of 2014 might not be completely accurate.

It is believed that, due to the complexity of the radical and all-new turbo V6 and ‘power unit’ regulations, one engine manufacturer might have a clear early advantage.

It is reported that engine marque could be Mercedes. Reliability will also be crucially important.

“Whoever wants to win the 2014 title,” Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali told Die Welt newspaper this week, “must have a reliable unit at the beginning of the season.

“Since fuel consumption will be limited, the engine must be powerful but still efficient,” he added.

Nico Rosberg in the cockpit of the Mercedes W04

Nico Rosberg in the cockpit of the Mercedes W04

“The first races will be the most important next year,” Domenicali claimed. “Whoever has the most wins at an early stage of the season will succeed in the end. I am convinced,” he added.

Rosberg, meanwhile, said that he is convinced that Mercedes – who like Ferrari is the other engine rival for Renault-powered Red Bull – can do a good job ahead of the new era.

“Earlier this season, without the regulation change, we were sometimes the fastest car,” he said.¬†“We did an amazing job last winter and I am confident [that] we can do it again. Ok, this year we’ve had some weaknesses but we’ve learned from it.”

“I am very sure we can have a good season,” added Rosberg. (GMM)

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  • Boycotthehaters

    Regulation change this year?

    Putting right side tyres on the right side?

  • Snowman

    @Boycott

    No, he’s talking about the revision to the 2012 compounds.

    The revision happened after silverstone, before that revision rosberg clocked 3 pole positions and 2 wins.

  • K-15-

    This chap is the best when it comes to understanding new regs, and changes. I reckon he’ll be faster than hamilton @ the start of the new next season before ham find his feet.

  • Ukwhite

    I have never paid too much attention to Nico, but the way he has performed this year was quite impressive against Hamilton. Looks a waste of money for Mercedes.