May 3 (GMM) Nico Rosberg will soon notch up the first victory of his formula one career, team boss Ross Brawn predicts.
The 24-year-old German finished on the podium just twice during his four-year tenure with Williams, but within four races has already finished in the top-3 twice at the wheel of a Mercedes.
“Nico is very close to winning a race,” Brawn told the Daily Star newspaper.
“Things just need to fall into place — but that will come. I am sure he’ll do it. Definitely,” he added.
Rosberg, whose Finnish father Keke won the world championship in 1982, finished third in both Malaysia and China, while his famous teammate Michael Schumacher’s last two finishes have been in tenth place.
“Nico has raised his game,” said former triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who while a sponsor representative at Williams worked close up with Rosberg.
“The boy has extraordinary skills. I think Michael has been taken aback by that. It must be affecting him,” added the Scot.
Rosberg’s former boss Sir Frank Williams told the Daily Mail: “Nico is a very self-confident young man with a reasonable amount of justification for being so.
“He won’t be overawed in Michael’s presence.”
But a report in the Telegraph newspaper expressed concern that Mercedes’ decision to alter the wheelbase length of the W01 car could affect Rosberg’s momentum.
“Instead of helping Schumacher get back up to speed, could it just upset Rosberg, costing him the chance to compete for the world title?” wondered writer Tom Cary.