Nico Rosberg: “I’m really enjoying the battle out there right now”

Großer Preis von Belgien 2016, Sonntag. Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg is in a positive mood following his brilliant win at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, at the legendary circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, a track he had been wanting to add to his win list for some time.

“It’s great to add a classic circuit like Spa to the list of wins. It wasn’t a straightforward weekend for us – but everybody did a fantastic job and the car kept improving with every session, so hopefully that puts us on a good curve as we head to another legendary track in Monza.”

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is another location that the German would dearly love to conquer, with its iconic status and unique nature, in front of a stadium packed to the rafters with the most passionate of fans.

“This is a race I really enjoy and one I’d really love to master. The tifosi create such an incredible atmosphere every single time, no matter who wins the race. Last year obviously didn’t end so well for me there, so I’m hoping for a bit more luck and a little less fire this time…”

In terms of the current championship situation, Rosberg is happy to see that Mercedes are now being challenged more readily by their competitors at this stage of the season, particularly Red Bull Racing, and is relishing the chance to do battle with other cars on track, as well as trying to outdo team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

“I’m really enjoying the battle out there right now. We’ve got several cars in the mix now which is exciting for us and also the fans. For me, I’m taking every race like a cup final.

With easily the best car at his disposal, Rosberg is looking forward to hitting the track in Monza and really letting loose with the W07.

“It’s great to know you have the team and the car to just go out there and lay it on the line. I can’t wait to make our Silver Arrow fly at Monza.”