Rosberg: I’m very happy that smarter F1 drivers will benefit from the new turbo era

Nico Rosberg looking forward to 2014

Nico Rosberg looking forward to 2014

Formula 1 has indicated that the new generation V6 turbo powered cars, and the numerous technical changes to regulations, will play into the hands of smarter drivers which is a prospect that Nico Rosberg is relishing.

Asked by Racer how he felt about the possibility that the role of F1 drivers will be more important in future, Rosberg responded, “I’m very happy about that, and I think I can get an advantage out of that, even more so than before.”

“The tires are going to be different, the car aerodynamics are going to be different, the engine is totally different, the way the braking works with the KERS and so on. As drivers, we’re going to have to adapt a lot.”

Nico Rosberg curious how different the 2014 cars will be

Nico Rosberg not concerned how different the 2014 cars will be

“In general. It’s not always easy, but all of us do it to a certain extent, because that’s what the sport is about, adapting from one lap to the next. It’s changing all the time. The main difference is obviously the engine, and not having the Coanda exhaust.”

“So you have all that torque, but less grip on corner exits. But it’s like when traction control left: we were all panicking but then it was actually very straightforward,” said the Mercedes driver.

“I’m not very concerned. There will be a lot of work going into fuel consumption and managing your race, and things like that. So I don’t think it’s going to be boring for the fans,” added Rosberg who will again be teammate to Lewis Hamilton in the Silver Arrows team in 2014. (GP247)

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  • Joost

    So he thinks he’s smart. Although I think he is, you shouldn’t say it that explicitly.

  • sebolonso

    Mind Games:). Wonder what Lewis will think about this, because obviously it is a comparison:).

  • Sean

    @Joost – Firstly, he didn’t say he was smart, he was stating (if you bother to actually read the full article) that for too long the emphasis has been on being in the best car, not the drivers abilit to make the difference … he was merely responding to a question that was posed regarding the levelling of the field! – idiot!

    @sebalonso – see above! … talking of mind games … one half of you name is made up of the biggest mind game “artist” on the grid … but I love Alonso! … as for what will Lewis think, I believe it’s well documented that Lewis doesn’t think … AT ALL! :-) … although that said, i do believe the new aero changes will be detrimental for Lewis … and I certainly hope so too! :-)

  • captain tortuga

    Reactiontime, and intelligence are directly related. (ergo : more intelligent people, will have faster reactiontimes)

    Therefore we can assume that all F1 drivers have at least a half decent pack of grey matter.

    (also it has been proven that since the last 130years reactiontime of humans is getting slower, so we are getting more stupid all together.. but hey.. if i look around that is no surprise at all xD)

  • Brit media at it again

    Rosberg did this last year as well and normally increases the level of mind games during testing. Always wanting to end the day faster than all instead of setting up his car.

    Lewis knows this formula is against the Senna’s of today and favours the Prost’s of today, but I say let them duke it out on track. Why must the readers whine about it.

    Lewis will make the setup work for him. he might take a bit longer than Rosberg to find the sweet spot, but remember Lewis is a racer. with a car that is still loose like kart racing he will maximise the early part of the season before things settle down.

    See, there is lots of ways to look at it. Lets just shut up and wait and see.

  • RBC

    Lewis will dominate Nico. That is my prediction.

  • Urko


    Spot on!

  • Max

    “There will be a lot of work going into fuel consumption and managing your race, and things like that. So I don’t think it’s going to be boring for the fans”


  • haha

    Cap Tortuga made my day, despite the truth of the age of dumbing down. Kids nowadays can’t even write a sentence if it doesn’t contain numerous abbreviations, lol :D. Being born after 2000 is no privilege.

  • Hawk

    @Sean who thinks Lewis doesn’t think. You cannot even tie his shoe laces or even be a hundredth as successful. Moron.