Coming off the back of victory in China, Nico Rosberg is confident that the F1 W03 will perform well at the Bahrain International track.
Rosberg lifted a massive weight off his shoulders by claiming his first win in 111 attempts in Shanghai last weekend and the German is eagerly anticipating the next race. To add to his excitement, the next GP is at a circuit where he has achieved success in the past and one where Merc should perform strongly.
"I have really good memories of the Bahrain Circuit. I won the Formula 3 Macau-Bahrain Cup, GP2 Championship and finished seventh on my F1 debut with the fastest lap of the race," he said.
"I like the track a lot. It's quite low downforce with lots of big stops and some faster corners too. The track layout definitely fits our car but it's really a big challenge for us to manage our tyre work well again and find the right set-up as the temperatures will be much higher than in China."
Team-mate Michael Schumacher admits that the result in China came as a big boost for the team, even though Schumacher himself was unlucky to have to retire from the race when he looked set for a podium finish.
"Having experienced a race such as China gives everybody in the team a big push, and we certainly will give our optimum to repeat our performance in the next races," said the German.
"However, the season so far shows that you can never be sure of anything, and having had three winners in three races demonstrates how close together the teams are this year. But then again, it is good to see that we are more and more able to fight at the front, and we will certainly try to transfer our great pace from China onto Bahrain for the next race to come this weekend."
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