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07/18/08
F1
Q&A with Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg is just one of five drivers contesting his home race in Germany this coming weekend and as such he joined his fellow countrymen at the official FIA press conference held at the Hockenheim circuit on Thursday afternoon…..

What are your feelings about your home grand prix and given you tested here last week?

I am really happy to be driving here too. I was born 40 minutes away from here and my grandma and uncles and friends still live there in Wiesbaden, so I come here quite a few times and it is nice to be racing here. I started my racing career in Germany and have raced here many, many times and won many races here too, so it is a track that I really enjoy and in terms of the car I think it is a track that should be better for us, so I think we can really look forward to a good result here.

And testing went well?

Testing went pretty well. I was second and third on the two days. I am sure we ran less fuel than the top runners but compared to other people we definitely did better here, so I am looking forward to a good weekend.

Nico, you were in Moscow last weekend demonstrating the Williams. Can you tell us a little bit about it? What did you have to do?

In general it was a really nice event, especially as I think Russia has great potential for a future F1 race. It would be great if F1 goes there, it is an amazing country. As Frank said it is a very intriguing country. It was nice to go there and really introduce F1 to them and give them an insight to it. Maybe F1 will grow a little bit in the minds of the Russians and also to attract more Russian companies and things. I think that is an important direction to take. It was a great event and a lot of people turned up. I was literally driving around the Kremlin, so it was literally in the absolute heart of Russia. I am not sure but there were a lot of spectators, really big numbers. It was great fun and I enjoyed it. I also took a few friends along and we had a bit of a night out as well which was fun, so I just had a really good time and I think the event went very well.

Can you tell us when you first raced here in Hockenheim, and your best and worst memories here?

My first race here was actually on the small track, just the stadium and round again, and it was Formula BMW. I actually won both races that weekend as a rookie, which was really a great experience and great fun at the time. Worst experience? I’m not sure, probably two years ago in F1 when I went off the track on the first lap.

Nico, it is said that you could join McLaren-Mercedes next year. What about it?

I’m sorry, I don’t want to comment on things like that at all.

What do you think about the new circuits like Singapore and Valencia?

Yeah, I’m looking forward to them a lot, especially because I know that our car is going to be very good there, so it’s going to give us a great chance to do well, so I think that’s the main reason why I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always a great challenge, obviously, to start on a street circuit which nobody knows. That should be very interesting. AutoMoto365

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