Nico Rosberg is looking to secure a unique Formula One triple in this weekend’s German Grand Prix: winning three ‘home’ GPs in the one year.
Rosberg’s first victory of the 2013 season came in May at Monaco, where he resides, while MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is based within minutes of Silverstone, the scene of last weekend’s British Grand Prix success.
Should he reach the top step of the podium at the Nürburgring, it would give the German victory in his home race, and Mercedes-Benz’s home race.
Born in Wiesbaden, about 90 minutes from the circuit, Rosberg made his German Grand Prix debut in 2006. With a best result of fourth in 2009 with Williams, he’s yet to visit the podium, but that could all change this weekend.
“It’s a really nice time in my career at the moment,” Rosberg enthused in a pre-race press conference.
“It’s new. I’ve never had a car as quick as it is now, going to every next race, knowing that I go out there in qualifying and fight for a position right at the front. To have a fast car in the race as well, which has been our weakness in recent weeks and months. So to have improved there was great.”
With wins in two of the last three races, Rosberg is Formula One’s form driver. Currently sixth in the standings, 50 points behind Sebastian Vettel, though, he isn’t keen to talk about his World Championship hopes. Yet.
“Short term, I just want to annoy Sebastian and Red Bull a little bit race by race, by being ahead of them and that’s the most important thing, really,” he said.
“We’re really focussing on getting our momentum, keeping it going as we have at the moment and just concentrating one race to the next. The last couple of races have gone fantastically for me. And then we see, in a few races time.”
A Rosberg victory would make him just the third German driver to win the nation’s Grand Prix since it joined the Formula One World Championship in 1951, alongside Michael and Ralf Schumacher.
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton has won the race twice, at the Nürburgring in 2008 and Hockenheimring in 2011, during his time with McLaren Mercedes. Last weekend at Silverstone, he was on-track for his own hometown glory, leading early from pole position.
However, he suffered a tyre blowout on Lap 8 and dropped to the rear of the field, before storming back to fourth place, barely a second short of the podium, to remain fourth in the standings.
Should either Hamilton or Rosberg win Sunday’s 60-lap race, which starts at 13:00 GMT, it would be the first for Mercedes-Benz in the German Grand Prix since Manuel Fangio’s 1954 triumph in a W196.