Rosberg: I’m very happy to have beaten my team mate

Nico Rosberg has said that his dominance over illustrious team mate Michael Schumacher is the side of this season that has given him the most pleasure.

The German has outqualified his seven-time championship-winning rival by a margin of 12 to 3, and generally been a stronger contender in races as well.

“It’s a two-faced season. On one side there is the comparison with my team-mate, and under this aspect I am very happy,” Rosberg told Autosprint magazine.

“When I signed I had thought my team-mate would be Button, and that was fine by me. When I learned that Jenson was leaving the team I had hoped that a strong, experienced driver would join the team.

“So, after learning of Schumacher’s arrival, I was happy under this point of view. However, I didn’t know what to expect from other points of view. First of all I didn’t know Michael in person, and then I knew about his long friendship with Ross Brawn, and I didn’t know whether this would have had an impact on my situation. Instead, everything has gone for the best.”

But Rosberg stressed that he had wanted more competitive machinery at the ex-Brawn squad, and that the results had left him disappointed.

“However, if we look at the absolute results, I must say that I had hoped for something more.”