Rosberg confident of Merc challenge

Thursday 12-December-2013 08:46

Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes are finally in a position to challenge Red Bull for the Constructors' Championship in 2014.

Mercedes finished as the runner-up to in the Constructors' Championship in 2013 after winning three times during the year, and with the new regulations that comes into effect in 2014, Rosberg believes the Brackley outfit is in a position to close the 200-point gap they finished behind Red Bull.

"We've made massive progress and really everybody believes that this team can do it and beat Red Bull," he told ESPN.

"We've shown we have such competence now and such a great car after making a massive step over the winter. There's this momentum now and everybody in the team believes that we can make it happen, not that we didn't before but we have the facts to back it up now.

"[2014 is] a great opportunity for us to close that gap to Red Bull and make a big step. It's a great opportunity not only for the car but also the engine and getting it together is a massive mission for everybody. But I think we're ready for such a mission and it's good that it didn't come a year before because that would not have been so good. It's the right moment and we're ready for it."

The German added that he is looking forward in to the challenges the rules changes would pose, particularly the change from V8s to 1.6 litre turbo-charged V6s.

"I'm very happy that there are so many big changes coming because I really enjoy the whole technical side to it," he continued.

"I can nearly call it a passion because I'm really interested in it and I like to get the most out of it. I hope that maybe I can pull out a bit of an advantage from all these changes that are coming."

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