Nico Rosberg has vowed to put this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix behind him, after a disastrous weekend for the Williams team.
Having been off pace throughout the weekend, Williams’ woes continued into this afternoon’s race with both drivers struggling around the Monza circuit.
Rosberg’s race was effectively over by the first few laps, when the German was forced to make an early pitstop, believing to have picked up a puncture. He eventually finished in a lowly sixteenth place.
The afternoon faired slightly better for Kazuki Nakajima who managed to keep both Toyota drivers behind him and finish in tenth.
Both drivers now hope that this dip in form will not continue into the next round at Singapore.
Kazuki Nakajima – 10th: We finished in a good position today considering our qualifying performance. I managed to gain a couple of positions in the first few corners and that made a big difference. The race pace wasn’t enough but we managed to have a good couple of laps and I think it was positive to keep Glock behind me even though he was going longer than me. I think we need to find more speed from the car but Singapore should be a good race for us.
Nico Rosberg – 16th: This was a bad weekend for the team. To begin with, we have lacked pace since the start of practice, and we then had a number of issues in the race too. I had a good first lap and I made up four positions overtaking on the left and the right. Then I was hit on the front left by some debris and the car felt suddenly very different, with lots of understeer, so I assumed I had punctured my tyre and requested to pit. In fact the aero balance had been massively compromised and destroyed the grip, and this was just the beginning of a difficult afternoon. Today is one to put behind us, I think, and look ahead to next race where we should be fine.
Patrick Head, Director of Engineering: Kazuki did a good day’s work today, starting in 17th and finishing in tenth, especially as he not only had bodywork damage but was also suffered a fuel pressure problem, losing him a little top end power. Nico had several problems today causing a number of unscheduled pit stops. Although Kazuki drove well, it is not lost on us that we are too far from the points and where we want to be.