Yet to drive best car, says Nico

Written by Rajat Guha | Rajat Guha | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 08:04am hrs
Every driver is the same but then you realise just how competitive this sport is. No matter how good a driver you are, you have to have the right car and the right team behind you in order to succeed, the 26-year-old Mercedes GP driver, Nico Rosberg, told FE.

Nico progressed consistently with Williams till 2009 but a poor car meant the desired results didnt come his way easily. Brawn GP believed in him and brought him on board in 2010. Last year proved to be the most successful season for him with three podium finishes as he outperformed Michael Schumacher (his team mate), who made a comeback from retirement to the Mercedes stables.

I am still to get the best car to prove myself on track, Nico said.

Half-German and half-Finn, Nico grew up in Monaco and took to karting at the age of 11.

To be honest, I really grew up in the DTM paddock. I remember my fathers last race very clearly. That was the moment when I thought: One day I want to do the same, Nico, son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, said.

Were not happy with the performance so far because our goal was to fight for podiums. However, I can feel that there is something happening in the team. We have hired great people this year who have achieved a lot in Formula One previously. Bob Bell joined earlier in the year as Technical Director., he said.

Its no easy task teaming up alongside a legend like Michael. Michael and I have driven alongside each other for nearly two seasons now and developed a good working relationship. Of course, when I first heard that my new teammate would be Michael, I was a little wary, but its worked out well. Weve both learnt from each other and push each other. In fact we drivers owe it to Michael for placing F1 so prominently on the world map. He has made the driving popular both in terms of money and sport, he said eulogising Schumi, 7-time GP world champion.

Nico was looking forward to F1s foray into India with the inaugural Airtel Indian Grand Prix set to be flagged off on October 30. Everyone in the paddock is really excited about visiting India for the first time in a couple of weeks.

Having spent most of his life on the track, Nico is also well aware of the risks linked to the sport. With the numerous safety measures that have been introduced over the years, I am convinced that Formula One is one of the safest forms of motorsport. In India, he is advocating 'drive safely' campaign in association with Bajaj Allianz.