Rosberg feels more respected since Schumacher departure
29 April, 2013
Nico Rosberg believes his opinions are respected and now heard more loudly in the Mercedes pit garage following the departure of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Although German Rosberg generally outperformed Schumacher during their joint tenure between 2010 and last year, the 27-year-old suggested he wielded less political power.
Asked if his role has changed since Lewis Hamilton signed up for 2013, Rosberg told Austria’s Krone newspaper: “Yes, a lot. I now have a stronger voice, and for me it’s been a great process in which I can help Mercedes to become the best team.”
Rosberg said being friends with former karting teammate Hamilton has also been a help, because finding common ground within the team is “easier”.
Having secured pole in Bahrain but fallen through the field with overheating tyres, Rosberg said he is looking forward to Barcelona next weekend.
“A lot,” he told Osterreich. “I was fastest there in winter testing. I am confident we will sort out our tyre problems.”