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Rosberg 'among the best in F1' - Brawn
Mercedes launched the W03 ahead of the second test, and appears encouraged by the performance shown by its new car. The team has yet to win a race since taking over 2009 champions Brawn, and the team principal has insisted that in Rosberg and Michael Schumacher it has the drivers to deliver if given the car.
While speculation in Barcelona was on Schumacher's future, Brawn said that Rosberg had proven his worth for Mercedes by getting more out of the car in qualifying and allowing the team to start races further up the grid.
"In qualifying, [Rosberg] really can get the most out of the car. Nico comes closer to its limits," Brawn is quoted by Sport Bild. "I think we've often seen him in a better qualifying position than where I would expect the car to be. Nico might think this is normal, but it's not. For me, he is definitely among the best drivers in Formula One."
Rosberg finished ahead of Schumacher in the standings in both 2010 and 2011, but Brawn added that Schumacher may provide a more stern challenge this season.
"It could be that the new Pirelli tyres help him because you don't have to be quite as gentle with them as you did with the 2011 generation."