“There were a number of question marks that we faced coming to the Sochi circuit for the first time past year – as is inevitably the case with any new circuit – but we have since been able to collect extra data that means we have more information for 2015″.
Niki Lauda expressed concerns the Russian Grand Prix could be a repeat of Singapore for Mercedes, which would put on hold the team’s Formula 1 constructors’ title hopes.
“Russia is a very nice track with a few long straights which makes it interesting for overtaking,” said Massa.
Hopefully now fans have seen what a great facility they have there and how attractive Sochi is, we’ll see plenty more people in the stands this year too.
“Three points finishes in the last five races and Q3 at each of those Global Positioning System”.
“I’m not backing down in my fight for the championship”, said the German.
“The gap on Lewis is quite big”.
However, Mercedes could be in for a repeat of last season when they took the constructors’ world championship for the first time in their history in Sochi. We had to hit back strongly after Singapore and that objective was achieved on all fronts – in the cockpit and in the garage. But we are under no illusions that it will come easy. “The job is not done yet”. It resulted in a one-stop race, even for Nico Rosberg who pitted at the end of lap one after severely flatspotting his opening set of tires before running for 52 laps on the mediums.
One year on, the track surface will have weathered differently so we must ensure we have all eventualities covered.
Mercedes is wary of another drop in form at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix if it fails to get the super-soft and soft tyres working at the Sochi Autodrom. “We have to work hard, stay competitive and then we are looking good, but you only look good when it is done”.