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Drivers know best how to improve F1, says Rosberg

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Drivers know best how to improve F1, says Rosberg
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Apr 16, 2016, 4:42 AM

Nico Rosberg says that the drivers know better than anyone how to improve F1 cars – and stressed that they have to stick together if they want to have any say in helping to shape the future of the sport.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team
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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Bernie Ecclestone

The GPDA faced some criticism from Bernie Ecclestone after the organisation sent a letter outlining its views, but Rosberg says that doesn't bother him.

“It doesn't piss me off at all, because in the end what we're trying to do is we want to help,” he said.

“We love the sport, we want it to be the most fascinating and exciting sport in the whole wide world, and beat everything else out there.

“If we're together, and we raise our opinion, we have a certain power, and we want to try and support F1 with some opinions, and give a little bit of direction," the German added.

"In the end we're driving the cars, we know what we need to find even more enjoyment, to be even more ecstatic when we're coming out of the race car, to be even more enthusiastic about how that qualifying lap felt.

“We know best, we're in the car, nobody else really knows, so we really can help. And we also think that we have a very good understanding of what everybody else at home is looking for and wants for it to be even more fun to watch.

"So that's what we're trying to do. If it works or not, who knows, but I think it's worth a try, that we stick together,” he said.

Ahead of the Chinese GP, drivers had their annual dinner where Rosberg took to Twitter to respond to Ecclestone's 'windbag' comment.

Asked what the drivers wanted from future rules he made it clear that he had doubts about the planned move to higher downforce.

“What do we need? We need to be battling each other. 2017, I don't think we will deliver that, unfortunately, because as we know downforce is one of the main things that's hindering us, because you just can't follow as closely," he started.

"If you put 30% more downforce on, it's clearly going a little bit further in the wrong direction – at least a little bit further, maybe a much further, we don't know.

“I think the priority has to be to make more battling, more overtaking possible, so I think it's the wrong direction."

"As all the other drivers do as well, I'm not on my own. I don't want to say everybody, but I think if I am hearing correctly, then a lot of the other drivers are saying the same.

“Faster cars is one thing, more downforce is another thing. You can also get faster cars mechanically. That might be where the whole thing is a bit cloudy.

"Yes, I also want faster cars, but I would want it in another way, not from downforce. Maybe that's the thing that's not clear.”

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