May 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg heads to next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix full of confidence given that the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona is one of his favorites.
The German driver has claimed one win and three second places so far this season, but the momentum lies with teammate Lewis Hamilton who has won the last three races. Nevertheless, Rosberg is hopeful that the upgrades that Mercedes will bring to the race can maintain and extend the advantage it enjoys over the other teams.
“The Spanish Grand Prix is the first race of the season on European soil after four exciting races at various circuits overseas,” he said. “This is where the next phase of the season begins and there is probably no other track in the world that I know as well as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“I also have some good memories of race weekends in Barcelona. Last year, for example, I started from pole position so I’m looking forward to going back there again and maybe repeating that particular feat.”
Despite starting from pole last year, problems with tire wear meant that Rosberg quickly went backwards and eventually finished down in sixth place.
With the other teams also bringing major upgrade packages to the race, Rosberg is looking forward to finally gauging just how far ahead Mercedes is of the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari
“It’s also only now that we can slowly begin to get an idea of how the different cars stack up in terms of performance,” the German said. “Each team will have been pushing hard during the break since the last race to find some extra performance from new parts, so it will certainly be an interesting weekend and hopefully an exciting one for the fans too.”
Although we should have some answers as to which team could potentially overhaul Mercedes in 2014, Rosberg should perhaps be more interested in the competition on the other side of the garage as Hamilton chases a fourth straight win in Spain.
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