Rosberg: We are in good spirits and we can win a lot of races this season 17 February, 2014 Nico Rosberg optimistic ahead of the 2014 F1 season In a rare show of brash confidence, Silver Arrows driver Nico Rosberg has admitted that he is expecting to win a lot of races in 2014. Bernie Ecclestone said recently that with Mercedes emerging from Jerez testing as the early season favourite, German Rosberg was his pick for the title. “That’s a cool statement from him,” Rosberg told the Berliner Kurier newspaper on Monday at a sponsor event. “We are in good spirits and we can win a lot of races this season,” he added. For the calm, calculating 28-year-old Rosberg, and the corporately cautious Mercedes, it is a surprising statement. But the Silver Arrows camp has reason to be confident. Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes W05 “The first test went really well,” said Rosberg. “We are doing well. My new car was very reliable from the beginning, but how we are doing as compared to the competition, we don’t know yet. “Unfortunately it’s still a bit early to talk about the title,” he continued. “But on reliability [Jerez] was a strong performance by the team. “I did lap after lap when we have so much to learn, which is a nice feeling when you see that the others couldn’t drive very much.” The main ‘others’, of course, are Red Bull, led in the cockpit by the reigning quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg insisted: “There is no joy in seeing that they can’t drive much; I’m happy if we are in a position to win. But it’s obvious that Red Bull and Renault have problems with the new powertrain.” “We have done our homework better. But the important thing is to see where we are on the grid in Melbourne – I would love to be able to fight against Sebastian,” Rosberg added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsVilleneuve: Hamilton will not be at Mercedes for longVerstappen snubs Red Bull in favour of MercedesRed Bull rivals targeting Vettel claims MarkoHamilton: My back is in more pain than normalMercedes seking multi-year deal with HamiltonHamilton: I was worried about the marshalsButton: Problem is Lewis expected me to let him pastRosberg: An amazing feeling to win at homeHamilton: I had great fun and did as good as I couldMercedes furious over unacceptable Brembo failure Garth So the dodgem driver mouths off before even a serious practice lap has been completed by anyone, me thinks you will be sniffing Renault exhaust fumes many times before 2014 ends Stoner A fitting response to that outspoken old man Helmut marko http://batman-news.com BRIT MEDIA AT IT AGAIN He only trying to raise his own stock before the season starts like Button does. He hopes the more people speaks of him instead of Lewis, the more he might get in Lewis’ head. Didn’t help him much last year did it. Even with Lewis in a car Developed by Rosberg for Rosberg. Any hoo. no preference between the 2. Hope Merc or Ferrari can stop Reb Bull’s reign and expose Vettel.