Nico Rosberg was a podium contender in the early part of the season
Jul.2 (GMM) A Mercedes spokesman on Friday said quotes attributed to Nico Rosberg by a German tabloid newspaper were taken out of context.
Valencia was a low point for Nico and Mercedes GP
25-year-old Mercedes GP driver Rosberg reportedly said the 2010 car was a “disaster”, while he is “angry” about the “backwards” development of the W01.
But the spokesman, revealing that he has spoken to Rosberg who is upset about the newspaper’s sensationalism, insisted that the German has “nothing but admiration” for both Mercedes and team boss Ross Brawn.
Rosberg, currently seventh in the drivers’ world championship, is also “completely happy with the Silver Arrows team”, the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport spokesman added.
But he has reportedly described the Mercedes MGP W01 as a “disaster”, with the team said to be considering abandoning development of its 2010 car.
At the European GP Rosberg again outqualified his famous teammate Michael Schumache, but his prize was a mere twelfth on the grid.
Nico in action at Valencia
He then scored no points in the race, despite the Brackley based team – winners of the 2009 world championship as Brawn GP – using a raft of improvements in Spain, including a Red Bull-like blown rear exhaust layout.
Rosberg was angry immediately after the race, and a week later has told the Cologne publication Express: “It’s a disaster.
“The problem with the tyres is well known to the team. For weeks we have said we are coming to the front, but nothing happens — actually we go backwards.”
Rosberg admits he is “angry” with the situation.
Nico with fellow Merceds powered driver Lewis Hamilton who leads the championship standings
“If you’re twelfth, behind both Williams – who two weeks ago were nowhere – what do you expect? I went from Williams to Mercedes because I thought I would have a winning car.”
Boss Ross Brawn said the team will continue to work on the MGP W01, but admitted the time will come for a new approach.
“We have not done a good enough job,” admitted the Briton. “First we need to get our new aero package working properly, and depending on the result we will decide to what extent we then concentrate on next season,” added Brawn.