Top Gear chats to Nico Rosberg
Mercedes F1 driver takes some time out to go sideways and talk shop…
Posted: 12 Feb 2012
We're at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, and Nico has just strapped himself inside this Teutonic, M5-baiting missile, a car, don't forget, capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. 516lb ft of torque helps, naturally. And as soon as I am convinced Nico is a student of classical conditioning, I become convinced that he wants to deploy these many torques in one, big, sideways go.
For reasons I can't be bothered to explain, a young man from Mercedes-Benz World has to ride shotgun, so I'm stuffed in behind Nico in the back. This young man - think Jeremy Freedman's Squeaky Voiced Teen from The Simpsons - tells Mr Rosberg to ‘take it easy' around the handling track. Nico's swift riposte? "Turn everything to the maximum - traction control off, hardest suspension, all of it. Full."