Nico Rosberg still thinks Mercedes has the potential to get involved in the championship fight, despite failing to challenge the front-runners in the Canadian Grand Prix.
The German finished sixth in Montreal, after seeing his qualifying efforts compromised by a lack of running in final practice and him losing some ground in the early stages of the race. However, the fact that he was able to recover so well – and he is tied with Sebastian Vettel as the highest-scoring driver from the last five races – gives him some cause for optimism about what the season can hold.
"It is still some good points, and over the last five races I am the one who has scored the most points, together with [Vettel]," explained Rosberg. "That still shows good consistency, and I am still confident for the future, and for what is going to happen. I will keep pushing. We are going to make it happen in the next few races and we will make it happen in the championship."
Rosberg thinks one of the areas that Mercedes needs to address with its W03 is its tire management. He admitted it would have been impossible for the car to have executed the one-stop strategy that Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez put to good use.
"I think it is just mainly the one-stoppers who beat me in the end, because they just made it work. And that was just a better strategy than mine," Rosberg said. "Our car could not have done a one-stop today, so that is what we need to work on: to become even better with tire management in terms of setup and everything that comes together."