German GP - Williams Toyota - Preview
With four points finishes on the trot, Nico Rosberg and the Williams Toyota team head to the Nurburgring this weekend looking to add to the 15.5 points secured so far, while team-mate Kazuki Nakajima aims to score his first points of
“Going to Germany is a bit special for me as it’s my home Grand Prix and the circuit - together with Hockenheim - is the one that I know the best,” explained Rosberg. “Racing in front of your home crowd is a real buzz and the German fans in particular are really passionate about the sport, so there’ll be a good atmosphere.
“Our performance at Silverstone, in fact in Turkey as well, has given me lots of optimism," he continued. "The team are doing a really good job in terms of development and that is showing on the track. At Silverstone, we had another fifth place and those points moved us up another position in the constructors’. We need to keep making that kind of progress for the rest of the season now. Hopefully, we’ll be on the podium soon.
“The Nurburgring is a very different track to say Silverstone because the average corner speeds are a lot slower," he said. "This means car set-up needs to be quite different so we will have a lot of things to test on Friday in order to find the right direction and to get the best out of the car. The FW31 has been very consistent and relatively quick on every track this year so I have high hopes that we can continue our good form.
While Rosberg has been carrying the hopes of the team, Nakajima has been unfortunate on occasion to miss out on points. The British Grand Prix however saw the team and Japanese racer gamble on a very light fuel load to gain his season-best third row starting position, but this did not work well on race day and Nakajima dropped down to 11th position by the chequered flag.
“Silverstone was a good race weekend until the first stint when it was really difficult to make any progress and we missed some opportunities, we cost us a place in the points," Nakajima claimed. "It’s not a case of having to try harder; it’s just waiting for it to all come together.
"I haven’t raced a Formula One car around the Nurburgring, only a GP2 car, but I had a good race then so I hope that experience will help me," Nakajima continued. "I’ve also done lots of lap on the sim, so I hope I’m well prepared.”
Williams are fifth in the constructors’ championship, 2.5 points clear of McLaren Mercedes