Williams’ Nico Rosberg has spoken of his optimism for the season ahead despite dropping to sixth place in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.
The German lost some places towards the end of the race after his tyres began to drop off, but up to that point he and his Grove-based outfit were having a stellar weekend.
”I think [this] is a good outcome because I believe we are faster than a couple of the cars who finished ahead of us today, so from a championship perspective, it looks okay,â€ he maintained.
The young charger – son of 1982 world champion Keke – also set the fastest lap of the race but was unable to capitalise on the misfortune of others in a high-attrition race.
Williams technical director Sam Michael reinforced the team’s upbeat attitude, despite Rosberg’s team mate Kazuki Nakajima’s exit on lap 17.
“We showed encouraging pace in today s race and when the car was in clear traffic, we were as quick as anyone,â€ he said.
“Nico recorded the fastest lap of the race and did a good job.
“But we made too many mistakes as a team today and we will be looking to make a better job of what the car offers at the next race in Malaysia.”