V iele still feel in the dark even after six days of testing. How do you measure the best times of Ferrari in Jerez, Pastor Maldonado on the first day of testing in Barcelona and Daniel Ricciardo on the second? What are the racing simulations from Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams worth? For Nico Rosberg the picture is already clear: 'Our opponents have clearly improved. Ferrari in particular. They can become our opponents this year. In any case, we have our eyes wide open.'
Rosberg carefully touched himself the second week of testing in winter is approaching. After 66 laps in the morning, he cleared the cockpit for Lewis Hamilton. And he spoke for the first time about his neck problem: 'That was purely a precautionary measure. We now know where the pain is coming from. It had something to do with my sitting position. It's a matter of centimeters. Now I'm sitting similarly to last year. Almost a bit more extreme. But that helps the spine. '
The biggest change is the tires
In The father-to-be already feels at home in his new Mercedes. He signs the verdict of his engineers: 'It is an evolution of last year's car. Also from the cockpit perspective.' Rosberg doesn't see the biggest difference in the new car or the new engine. 'It's the tires.'
The modified construction of the rear tires distributes the heat better over the tread. 'So you no longer have the problem from last year that the tire quickly overheats. Sometimes one fast corner was enough to overwhelm the tires, and in the next you lacked grip.'
In the When discussing how Formula 1 should look like in the future, Rosberg prefers the retro look. 'I think the Formula 1 cars of the 80s are cool. They had juice on the onion, fat tires and were not yet so aerodynamically perfect.'
However, the runner-up world champion does not understand why Formula 1 I really want other cars: 'I think the current cars look contemporary. And they go the way into the future with hybrid technology. I would only like the driver's head to be protected a little better. That's why I don't think the Ferrari study is like that at all bad, because the tires are not open. '