Local boy Nico Rosberg fancies his chances of an illustrious rostrum finish at Monaco this weekend.
The Monegasque youngster has shown fine form at the Principality, and this year he reckons a place in the royalty-graced winners’ enclosure is a real possibility.
“We ll certainly have a much better chance than we had in Turkey,” declared the German ace, “and I believe Monaco is the one race where we can, with a bit of luck, maybe get on to the podium again.”
In recent races Williams have struggled to find the kind of form they showed at the season opener in Melbourne when Rosberg stormed through the chaos to an impressive third place.
However, following a solid charge into the points in Turkey and a productive test at Paul Ricard last week, Rosberg is confident that the FW30 – complete with a new aero upgrade and Red Bull inspired engine ‘fin’ – will catapult him to the sharp end of the grid once again.
“I am very much looking forward to the next two races,” enthused the Williams ace. “Monaco is a true Williams track, and Canada should be as well.”
Sam Michael, Williams Technical Director, is likewise expecting Williams to take a step forward this weekend.
“We will have some aero improvements on the cars for Monaco, which should improve our competitiveness and enable us to fight for points,” said the Australian.
Rosberg meanwhile will be hoping for a better race start. The German has qualified strongly in his last two assaults on the street circuit but on both occasions he has fallen victim to the twisty street circuit’s notorious one-at-a-time policy.
Last year he lined up an impressive fifth only to lose out at the start to a heavier Nick Heidfeld who effectively wrote-off his chances of a decent points haul.