Austria

Last Race: 21st June Austria

Austria GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa
Great Britain

Next Race: 05th July Great Britain

Rosberg eyeing further upgrade boost

2012-09-25 07:53:00

 RSS

Share:

Rosberg eyeing further upgrade boost

Nico Rosberg believes there is a lot of potential in Mercedes' new exhaust package, but warns it will take a while before they will see all the benefits...


Nico Rosberg believes there is a lot of potential in Mercedes' new exhaust package, but warns it will take a while before they will see all the benefits.


The Brackley-based squad tested the revised side-exiting layout - known as the Coanda exhaust - during the Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours a fortnight ago and then introduced it during this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Although the initial feedback from both Rosberg and Michael Schumacher have been positive, the 27-year-old feels they will "get the most out of it" in races to come.

"It was an exciting weekend for us as a team because we had quite a lot of new parts on the car," he said in his video blog on the Mercedes website.

"It's a very complicated development that we're doing there on the aerodynamics with the exhaust gasses, pointing them in a certain direction so you get hot air on the back of the car which creates downforce so you can go faster through the corners.

"It's very difficult to direct that air in the right direction and everything so we found out it's going to take a while to really optimise it. Of course it really benefitted us, it already gave us a benefit this weekend, but it's going to take some day in the next days and weeks to really get the most out of it.

"So I'm quite optimistic that we can extract a lot of potential out of that. The others are a bit advanced on that already so maybe we can catch up a bit which would be good."

The upgraded W03 did its job at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sunday though as Rosberg finished fifth - his best position since coming second in Monaco at the end of May.

"First time in a long time that everything really worked out for me, it was great," the German added.

"I had a good start with the new tyres, good strategy with the first stint. The tyre management perfect...that's what I'm quite pleased with fifth place in the end because it's a lot of points."

Max in thought ahead of Saturday's running

Editor's Picks

F1's Not Sick, It's Neutered

F1's Not Sick, It's Neutered

As the town crier predicts the end of the F1 world, Jean Todt insists the sport just has a headache; take two and call me in the morning...

Conclusions From Austria

Conclusions From Austria

Danger is never far away, McLaren into the abyss, game of moans and more in our conclusions from the Red Bull Ring...

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Nico Rosberg laughed off number two claims; the Forum laughed at him laughing it off...

Williams Update The FW37

Williams Update The FW37

Williams arrived in Austria with perhaps their largest update package for some time and Matt Somerfield looks at some of those upgrades...

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...