Nico Rosberg is hoping to return to winning ways at next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix after being forced to settle for second place last time out in Canada.
The German driver led away from pole position in Montreal, but was hit with an ERS problem on his car that saw him lose power heading down the back straight. The problem also hit teammate Lewis Hamilton, but was more severe for the Briton and forced him to retire.
Rosberg managed the issue well, only to see Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo pass him with three laps to go, meaning that Mercedes had lost a grand prix for the first time in 2014.
“Although it was a really, really tough day, I’m pleased with the result in Montreal,” he explained. “The car was strong throughout the weekend, so to have the problems we experienced in the race was not what we expected. It just goes to show that you can never be too well prepared and our priority has been to make sure the car is bullet-proof for the rest of the season.
“When you take everything into account, finishing second in that race was quite an achievement for everyone in the team. But we know we cannot afford to slip up, as our rivals are always there to take advantage.”
Rosberg is now looking ahead to next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, which returns to the calendar after eleven years away.
“I’m looking forward to the next race in Austria and a chance to get back to our winning form once again,” he said. “Although I’ve driven the circuit before, that was more than ten years ago in F3: back when it was still called the A1 Ring!
“Of course, it will be very different in a turbocharged, V6 hybrid Formula1 car, so it’s basically like starting from scratch for everyone on the grid.
“Personally, I love that kind of challenge, so I’m excited to get back in the car and go for another top result.”
Rosberg currently leads the drivers’ championship by 22 points from Hamilton, but the Briton has vowed to close the gap once again.