Nico Rosberg does not think his dominance within the Mercedes team this year has been well enough recognised. Indeed, the focus of attention at the Brackley based squad in 2010 has been Michael Schumacher's difficult return to the sport. But...
Nico Rosberg does not think his dominance within the Mercedes team this year has been well enough recognised.
Indeed, the focus of attention at the Brackley based squad in 2010 has been Michael Schumacher's difficult return to the sport.
But the context of the seven time world champion's struggle has been Rosberg's 13:3 dominance in qualifying, and his 68 point margin over his famous teammate in the drivers' championship.
Rosberg, who moved to Mercedes in 2010 after four seasons at Williams, said: "I don't think my performance is well enough recognised."
Schumacher's problems this year have been explained as due to Bridgestone's new narrower front tyres, which do not suit his driving style.
But "It's the same for me," 25-year-old Rosberg told the German weekly Sport Bild.
"Actually I think Michael has been able to adapt his driving style better than I have," said the German, whose Finnish father is the 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg.
Rosberg also played down the effect of Schumacher's three-year break since initially retiring in 2006.
"Michael has 15 years of experience in Formula One," he said.
Rosberg said his own recent experience "hasn't advantaged me because it's mainly been with grooved tyres, and the current front tyre is different from anything else before it".
Mercedes' competition boss Norbert Haug insists Rosberg's efforts have not been undervalued within the team.
"I think it's absolutely obvious that Nico has so far extracted what was possible from the car," he said. "Only on a very few occasions was this not the case.
"I think he learned a lot with Williams and if you would name one of the top guys that are currently young and experienced in Formula One you would certainly mention Nico," added Haug.
"So Nico is a very good benchmark for probably everybody in the field."