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Mercedes factory is ‘working better’

Nico Rosberg assures that the Mercedes outfit is much stronger than 2012 and admits that he will be trying to improve from Hamilton.
Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Polychronis).- Last year, the Mercedes team’s consistency was very questionable and in the second half of the season, it was easy to realise that they were struggling with car performance.

According to Rosberg, it appears that the team has turned things around over the winter break, which he suggests is down to team chemistry. “When I’m [Rosberg] walking around in the factory, you can just see there’s a lot more progress, communication, it’s all working better” Rosberg stated.

He also insisted: “Every area that was our weakness last year has been improved.”

It is not all down to the car however; Rosberg’s driving performance also needs to be at the peak if he is able to compete with his new, British teammate – Lewis Hamilton.

Competing against a Formula One World Champion at the same team is obviously a challenging task, however, it can also prove to be verybeneficial.

Rosberg admitted to F1plus: “there is always something that my teammate [Hamilton] does better than me and I’m very keen to understand that and improve myself as a result.”

This opening race weekend will be the first proper display of how Mercedes has progressed since last season, as well as every other team on the grid. It will also showcase Rosberg's personal performance compared to Hamilton for the first time.

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