Mercedes F1 team executive director Toto Wolff says that no guarantee to repeat 2012’s Chinese Grand Prix win. Also he admits that Mercedes start again from zero this season and need to work hard to adapt the car to suit the circuit, more new parts planned for next weekend and better Pirelli behavior.
Last year Nico Rosberg took top podium from Pole; it was Rosberg’s first Formula 1 victory and Mercedes’ first win since returning to Formula 1.
“One year on from Nico’s win, a lot of people will be asking whether this is something our team can repeat in 2013. But like they say, yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games, and that’s definitely true for us.” Toto Wolff said.
“We start again from zero this year and need to work hard to adapt the car to suit the circuit and the tyre compounds we have available, in the conditions that we find on track next weekend. Then we will see where we stand relative to the competition.”
“We have made a solid start to the season in the first two races with Nico and Lewis both performing at a very high and equal level. The development race will be critical this season so we have more new parts planned for China. Our aim has to be to improve on our good start to the season and continue scoring good points in both championships.”
Nico Rosberg: I travel to China next week with very good memories from winning my first Formula One race in Shanghai last year, and having led the race there for the past three years. I enjoy the Shanghai track a great deal and I have a positive feeling going there with the car that we have at the moment.”
“The team have been working very hard to develop our car since returning from Malaysia and I will be at the factory on Monday to complete my preparations in the simulator for the next two races. We’ve had a strong start to the season and I’m confident that we can keep pushing and hopefully score some good results in China and Bahrain.” The German added.