Rosberg Eyes Top 8 in China
His main argument was that the car's behavior on tracks like the ones at Shanghai – featuring a mixtures of corners and long straights all-together – improved through the winter. With the team bettering the FW31's performances on technical tracks, Williams' chances of scoring consistent points this season are now higher.
“Shanghai's a driver's track. There's a great mix of corners and then there are those two long straights so plenty of overtaking opportunities around the lap which will be good for the racing,” said Rosberg in a Williams F1 preview of the Chinese Grand Prix.
“Sepang showed that the team seem to have fixed the problem we had last year on these types of circuits so it's now looking like we have consistency. I'm confident that we'll have another competitive weekend in China. Top eight for sure,” announced the German driver.
Nico Rosberg has so far dominated all the practice sessions this year but was unable to translate it into good grid positioning in both Australia and Malaysia. At Sepang, however, he managed to get off to a great start and powered into the lead after the very first corner. Only poor tire strategy from Williams and the late downpour kept him outside the podium positions in Malaysia.