Nico Rosberg believes the improvement shown by the Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas team in 2013 is proof that the squad has the potential to beat the all-conquering Red Bull team next season.
After a poor campaign in 2012, Mercedes bounced back this year with three victories and second place in the Constructors’ championship. Rosberg bagged two wins himself and the German racer hopes the team’s new V6 turbocharged engine will allow the team to take the fight to Red Bull in 2014.
He said: “We’ve made massive progress and everybody really believes that this team can do it and beat Red Bull.
“We have shown we have the competence now for success and such a great car after making a massive step over the winter. There’s this momentum now and everybody in the team believes that we can make it happen.”
Rosberg is also looking forward to the new regulations that will come into effect in 2014, which includes awarding double points in the final race of the season in an attempt to increase interest throughout the entire F1 season.
He added: “It’s a great opportunity for us, and other teams, to close that gap to Red Bull and make a big step.
“It’s a great opportunity not only for the car but also the engine and getting it together is a massive mission for everybody. I think we’re ready for such a mission and it’s good that it didn’t come a year before because that would not have been so good. It’s the right moment and we’re ready for it now.
“From a driver’s perspective I’m very happy there are so many big changes coming for 2014 because I really enjoy the whole technical side to the category. I nearly call it a passion because I’m really interested in it and I like to get the most out of the car and its development.
“I hope that maybe I can pull out a bit of an advantage from all these changes and place myself at the top of the championship race.”