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Rosberg not concerned by Hamilton's arrival
Sunday 11th November 2012, 14:24 by Ryan Wood
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Nico Rosberg says he isn't concerned by the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next season and believes the Brit's arrival is a good thing for him and the team.
The pair are good friends and karted together before finally landing seats in Formula One. However their careers have differed hugely since with Hamilton going on to win 20 races and a Championship with McLaren, meanwhile Nico Rosberg has just a single victory to his name.
The German is however looking forward to Hamilton's arrival and isn't concerned about going up against a driver who is often regarded as one of the best.
"There's no concern, I'm pleased he's joining the team and it's a new challenge for me," Rosberg told ESPN. "And yes, he's one of the best out there so it's going to be very interesting going up against him. But again, I'm convinced that I'll do well and we'll see how he goes."
The 27-year-old former Williams driver believes the arrival of a new driver of Hamilton's calibre at the Anglo-German team will provide additional motivation for 2013.
"I'm very confident, the team is really progressing well and we have a lot more employees who have joined the team this year and they're very clever people that are going to have an impact now - slowly but surely and especially for next year.
"I'm sure we are going to do even better and then also with Hamilton joining the team, that's going to be a good boost for everybody and I think it's a nice change and refreshing, which is good."