Rosberg eyeing more wins before grid catches up

Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:52am EDT
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By Patrick Johnston

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - A beaming Nico Rosberg predicted he and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton will be battling for victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix with their swift adaptation to the new regulations leaving the opposition trailing.

The German driver overtook pole sitter Hamilton before the first turn of the season opening race in Melbourne two weeks ago to go on and grab the first chequered flag of the V6 turbocharged engine era.

With little time for their rivals to employ significant upgrades, Rosberg was quietly confident his fifth career victory could come in Malaysia on Sunday.

"The chances are that we will be right at the front it seems we already have a bit of an advantage over the other people," the German told reporters at the Sepang Circuit on Thursday.

"Of course Melbourne is not a bench mark as a race so we should be cautious with that but we are looking good so for sure it will be possible to get a great result here."

The technical changes introduced for the 2014 season are the biggest most of the sport's engineers and mechanics have ever seen, with new quieter engines, energy recovery systems and an emphasis on fuel economy as the sport embraces a 'green revolution'.

After four consecutive world titles for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the last coming after the German won nine straight races, the new changes have leveled the playing field and unsurprisingly Rosberg was all for it.

"I think it's been all good for F1, it has changed the pecking order around which is definitely good for everybody after the same guy winning last year. We needed a bit of a change on that so that's been good," he said.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany sits at the hospitality hut ahead of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said