June 27, 1985
Mercedes AMG Petronas
|Career statistics to end 2013|
In 2014 it’s time for Nico Rosberg to stand and deliver.
It will be his eighth season as a Grand Prix driver, and his fifth with Mercedes. Throughout 2013 Rosberg was adamant that the Silver Arrows should prove themselves ‘the best of the rest’ in a field outstripped by the Red Bulls.
They duly did that: two victories in three races by Rosberg himself in Monaco and Britain helped considerably, but they were his only two race wins of the year and they both came along in the first half of the season.
It looked as if Rosberg had got the measure of his new-for-2013 teammate Lewis Hamilton with those two quick-fire victories, but after his Silverstone success he visited the podium just twice more.
Nico finished the year in sixth place overall, two places behind Hamilton. He has to turn that around in 2014, a year of significant change – not just for F1 as a whole, but for Mercedes as they come to terms with the departure of Ross Brawn.
There is much to like about the son of the 1982 World Champion: he is urbane, articulate in a whole handful of languages, quick and thoughtful. On the other hand, there were times in 2013 when there seemed a touch of desperation in some of the radio messages being exchanged between his cockpit and the Mercedes pit wall.
Much of his frustration was to do with the Mercedes cars chewing through their tyres, so he will be hoping Pirelli comes up with a range of rubber that copes better with the new-look F1 cars of the new turbo age.
Sixth last year was the highest placing Rosberg has achieved overall. He and his German team will expect a significant move forward in the season ahead.