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GP Week : Issue 129
11 F1 NEWS >> For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... IN 1991, Alain Prost was famously fired by Ferrari for making “too many critical comments outside the team,” according to the team’s then-manager Claudio Lombardi. Luckily for Nico Rosberg, the management at Mercedes don’t seem to have the same hard-line attitude. While it has long been acknowledged by pundits and public alike that the 2011 Mercedes F1 car is not a race-winner, Rosberg told Spanish newspaper El Pais that “no one could win with my car”, a statement on a par with Prost’s two- decades-old comments that his Ferrari was “worse than a truck”. Rosberg’s interview with El Pais saw the German driver highly critical of his car, which he said was incapable of winning races. Asked whether he was frustrated that he was unable to deliver Mercedes – one of the grid’s top five teams – with wins and podiums, Rosberg replied: “It is the situation I have to live with right now. No one could win with my car. There are three teams, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren are ahead of others. I have to wait to get a better car. At the end of this year, or maybe next season, I might be able to think about winning.” According to Rosberg, his goal during the Hungarian Grand Prix had been a seventh place finish. “ With this car, to me seventh place is like winning,” he said. But a seventh place finish is an ambitious aim for the Mercedes driver, and is only possible in a perfect race, Rosberg explained. “I can only get seventh when I drive a perfect race,” he told El Pais. Mercedes’ first effort, the 2010 challenger, was competitive enough that Rosberg was able to deliver three podium finishes last year. But his best result this year has been two P5s, scored early in the season. The problem, Rosberg says, is a combination of aerodynamic issues and the exhaust-blown diffuser, and the car needs a lot of work if it is to become competitive in the second half of the season. The car’s “general aerodynamics must be improved,” Rosberg said. “ The engine is fine, but concerning the exhaust-blown diffuser, which is a key part of the car’s overall aerodynamics, there is much room for improvement.” Rosberg highly critical of MGP W02