Nico Rosberg admit that his relationship with his team mate Lewis Hamilton could turn around in 2014, but that has nothing to do with his willing to succeed this year.
“At the moment it hasn’t changed at all,” Rosberg said. “Maybe because we are not thinking about championship yet and we’re taking it race by race, making the most of what we have and winning races. It’s early days. But of course I understand it could change if we are still in a similar position. We’ve been in this position before. In go-karts we were fighting for the championship there, and it’s exactly the same, but with a little bit more people around and more media and spectators. We managed to get through there with respect and I’m confident we are going to be able to manage in any circumstance. I’m sure there will be tough times inevitably, but I’m confident we can work through it now and move on. Lewis won that kart championship, so it’s my turn now.”
After watching Hamilton take the chequered flag in Malaysia Rosberg insists he is determined not to see a repeat in Bahrain.
“There’s been a big analysis of what happened. Of course, I want to win, I don’t want to be second because second is the first loser. I don’t want to be a loser. We’ve reviewed everything and gone into a lot of detail and learnt a lot. I’ve had a long sit down with everybody. There’s things on my side that I can do better and then there’s some things going on we don’t understand, some very strange things happening where we think, ‘woa, what’s going on there’, like on tyre temperatures for example. That’s a group effort and we will step it up again.”
Rosberg is happy to have the most powerfull car on the grid in this moment.
“It’s a really good felling, it’s great. I’ve never had it before in F1 and now I’m coming to a track where I know I’ve got the best car and that I can win the race. It’s a great feeling to be part of the momentum we have in our team at the moment – it’s special.”