Rosberg: Moving in the right direction

Date published: April 23 2011

Although Nico Rosberg’s chances of fighting for the podium in China were lost due to a fuel issue, he is still “happy” with the team’s progress…

Although Nico Rosberg’s chances of fighting for the podium in China were lost due to a fuel issue, the German says he’s still “happy” with the team’s progress.

Rosberg started the grand prix fourth on the grid and had hoped to be in a position to battle for a top-three result.

However, it came to naught when the German was forced to conserve fuel in the latter stages when it became apparent that his W02 had been short-fuelled.

As a result he was not able to fight off the attacks of other drivers and eventually finished in fifth place.

“The race on Sunday really was one of the most exciting grand prix that I’ve ever driven,” he told the team’s website.

“It took some time after the race to let everything sink in because I had high hopes for a good podium result, and I had led for a quarter of the race.

“However I can’t blame anybody in the team for having been short on fuel, it’s a lesson that we learn together.

“We have to be happy that we made a step forward in China which was achieved by everyone in the team working extremely hard.

“My attitude is always that we win together and we lose together as one team. Who would have thought before the Chinese Grand Prix that I would lead the race?

“That was fantastic and to be competing at the front of the field was a great feeling for me and everybody in the team.”