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GP Week : Issue 66
GPWEK: So what did Patrick Head say after Singapore? NICO ROSBERG: Nothing. [Smiles broadly] He just said luckily there's only four days [between races] and we can make up for it in Suzuka. Naturally a big disappointment though, because you looked so hooked up around that place. Yeah. It was disappointing because it was a really silly mistake and also the Safety Car came out right after so instead of losing three positions it put me right to the back. So I just lost the whole weekend and it was very disappointing. You were great at Singapore last year as well. Is it the car or you? The car is good on that track, but I think that I do very well too. I like street circuits in general. As a driver you can make a bit of a difference in street circuits just by being a little bit extra aggressive and things like that. How would you rate this season compared to your expectations at the start of the year? I think we've done a good season compared to the expectations. Last year was a difficult year, and so I think it's been a good season. We're consistent and through then middle part of the season always scoring really good points. So I'm quite pleased. Of course you want to win races and championships but I'm quite pleased how we've done. Williams was one of the few teams to have the double di user at the start of the season. Were you a little disappointed not to capitalise on that? I think we weren't far away from capitalising in the first few races because, yeah, we had the diffuser but we weren't quick enough to finish on the podium. The first two races we didn't quite do the best, but that was also because of the tyre situation and the weather. In Melbourne we suffered with the soft tyre. I was running second at the end of the race and then the tyre came apart, and then in KL the weather played a bit against us. Also half points. But from then on in Shanghai and Bahrain we didn't deserve to score points as we weren't fast enough -- we deserved to finish ninth, but we did the best we could. We didn't capitalise on it, no, but we didn't do a disastrous job considering the circumstances. Do you think your performances have gone under the radar a little bit this year? No, I don't think so. I don't mind if they're not shown up. What I need is people and the person who is going to give me a contract for next year to notice and that's looking great so it's fine and I'm pleased. Big changes with the car this year. How much has the testing ban hurt Williams and yourself? The testing ban I don't think has hurt much. It has hurt me as a driver a little bit because you just lose the touch a little bit but I guess it is the same for everybody. I think in terms of development it hasn't hurt much because you still develop flat out. But then you have a situation where if something doesn't work, you waste a practice session. Yeah but that's just the same for everybody. It makes it a bit more challenging. Alonso is now con rmed at Ferrari and that should get this driver market moving. How are things going for you? Is it? I don't know if it's going to change that much. Now Raikkonen is on the market but Raikkonen's share price isn't that high anymore, so I don't think it's going to make a huge difference. And how about for you? For me it's OK. We're looking very good. I'll either be going in this direction or that direction. [Huge smile] And where would that be? [Laughs] I don't know. There's a lot of talk about you going to Brawn This morning there was a lot of talk that I was going to McLaren ... Well that was going to be my next question... I don't want to comment. But in terms of team-mates I wouldn't have a problem with Jenson or whoever is at Brawn, and Lewis. Cool, although in the Singapore press conference he didn't seem too enamoured with the idea. What, Lewis didn't? He didn't no. A bit too much competition for him maybe? [Laughs] I don't know. Who would be the ultimate team for you to drive for? The ultimate team? The one that has a quick car. There is no ultimate team. It's your fth year in Formula 1 next year. How have you found the whole experience? It's been a nice experience. I am learning with the years. You have to learn a lot as a young guy coming in because there is a steep learning curve. It's very challenging and fun. Any big surprises? Probably how small a part the driving is of the job. You do no testing then you have hardly any driving on a race weekend but loads of marketing, engineering discussions, interviews, sponsors and all the rest of it, training etc. Finally then, how do you think your F1 career and reputation is viewed? And how would you like it to be viewed? I think people see me as a good driver but theywaittoseemeinagoodcartoseeifI really can make the difference or not. I don't know. That only counts in the way that you need to get a good car, and you need to have a good reputation to get a good car. That seems to be going very well for me so that is what it counts for. Threw away a podium in Singapore, but avoided a penalty in Japan! Nico Rosberg is hotly tipped for a move to one of the big teams in 2010. He spoke to WILL BUXTON ... 5 MINUTES WITH ...Nico Rosberg 18