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Rosberg looking forward to China return

Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Nico Rosberg is looking forward to returning to the scene of his first grand prix victory at the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend.

The Mercedes driver claimed his first win after 111 starts in Shanghai last season, leading the majority of the race having started from pole position. These fond memories will undoubtedly make this race all the more special for Rosberg.

“I travel to China next week with very good memories from winning my first Formula One race in Shanghai last year, and having led the race there for the past three years,” Rosberg explained.

“I enjoy the Shanghai track a great deal and I have a positive feeling going there with the car that we have at the moment.”

The race is also off the back of a strong result for Mercedes, after finishing third and fourth in Malaysia, but Rosberg has revealed that they are still looking to better the W04.

“The team have been working very hard to develop our car since returning from Malaysia and I will be at the factory on Monday to complete my preparations in the simulator for the next two races.

“We’ve had a strong start to the season and I’m confident that we can keep pushing and hopefully score some good results in China and Bahrain.”

  1. chaparral2f - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Rosberg actually looked pretty racey with Hamilton. He knows his reputation is on the line as well as the fact that Hamilton seems to be the preferred driver. I just wonder if we will see a repeat of the Vettel-Webber deal between Nico and Lewis?

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I don’t think Hamilton is the preferred driver at Mercedes. Rosberg has been consistently quick and actually able to score more points then Hamilton had his car not failed in Australia. I think Rosberg has been driving the wheels of the weak cars he has been given the past three years and what looks to be a better car this year. Hamilton is going to have his work cut out for him because Rosberg is not only an excellent driver, he’s smart and knows how to get the job done.

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