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Mercedes must not give up on 2010 - Rosberg

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg wants Mercedes to continue to develop the W01 © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg is adamant Mercedes should not give up on its 2010 world championship campaign, despite a string of bad results at recent grands prix.

His team introduced a major car upgrade in Valencia last weekend, including a Red Bull-style blown diffuser and exhaust layout, but both drivers still struggled for pace. Rosberg managed to salvage a point, but only after he and Michael Schumacher had spent the majority of the race outside the top ten.

After the poor result, team boss Ross Brawn admitted he would now "reflect, assess and see what the next steps should be", but Rosberg insists abandoning development on the W01 is not the answer.

"I am absolutely against that [giving up on 2010]," he told Germany's Sport Bild. "I still believe in my chances. If the championship leader Hamilton fails just once and I win, I will almost be at his level."

He added that Mercedes could be just a few simple development steps away from drawing level with the front runners.

"We still have many opportunities for development," he said. "Other top teams, for example, have things that we can develop quite simply. That is what we are doing."