Nico Rosberg was elated after overcoming graining issues with his tyres to score fourth place for the second race in succession.
Profiting from a busy first corner, Rosberg was able to limit the damage done by the KERS cars to emerge in fifth place. After that, clever strategy by the Williams team was able to move Rosberg ahead of Mclaren’s Heikki Kovalainen at the second round of pit stops to follow Mark Webber home.
However it was disappointment for Rosberg’s teammate, Kazuki Nakajima. The Japanese driver lost out to Jenson Button, after overtaking him at the start, preventing him from challenging for points. Nakajima finished in ninth.
Nico Rosberg – 4th: “I am quite pleased with the outcome today as it was quite tricky, especially at the start against the KERS cars. Initially I had no chance off the line, but the first corner was quite a big mess and I managed to profit from this and climb back to fifth place, which was important. As the race settled down, I had to manage the tyres cautiously because of graining in both the first and second stint. Given all of these issues, we have to be very happy with fourth place and I am now up to fifth in the championship, although of course this was in part due to the fact that Felipe wasn’t able to start today. Anyway, I am enjoying working with the team and everyone is pushing on really well, so we’ll continue to improve if we keep moving in this direction.”
Kazuki Nakajima – 9th: “After the first lap when I got past Jenson, I couldn t hold the position and once he had got back past me, it dictated my race – it was a big moment for me and made it very difficult to improve for the rest of the day despite good car pace as I was running in traffic. We just need to keep pushing and one race soon we are going to get the result.”
Sam Michael, Technical Director: “It was good to score some points from another fourth place for Nico, although our expectations are going up and we really want to get onto the podium. It was a shame to miss out on a point for Kazuki. Both drivers had good starts and race pace was underlined by Nico s third fastest lap, so everything is going in the right direction, we just need to start putting away some more points.”