Despite his cruise to victory in the season opening Australian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg is urging his Mercedes team to continue the development momentum as he is wary of the efforts being put in by Formula 1 rivals to close the gap to the Silver Arrows at the front of the pack.
Speaking ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, Rosberg said, “We cannot fall asleep now because our rivals are going to be pushing like mad. What is the point of pushing everything [in the media] and then maybe stopping because of a reliability problem and looking like fools?”
Although the Mercedes W05 appeared to run like clockwork at Albert Park, Rosberg revealed, “Australia was the perfect start to my season, but it also highlighted that we’re not 100% there yet in terms of reliability.
“We’ve had two weeks before this race to identify all the things that we can do better, so hopefully we can bring both cars home for a good result this weekend and continue our strong start to the year.”
“It is early days, so there are still lots of things that can be done better. We have to keep the momentum going and not let our rivals catch up. That is the most important thing: to keep pushing. When you have that advantage there is the possibility that you get a bit confident.
“A lot of the people are still here from the Brawn days, and they know what it means to be at the front and to make sure that we stay in front and not get caught. We were confident, and now the pace is obvious.”
“We are quick. We are the fastest car which is awesome. It is such a cool feeling. It is so great,” added Roberg who will be looking to add to his tally of four grand prix wins at Sepang on Sunday.
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