• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Rosberg aiming for fun in 2011

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg finished fourth in Abu Dhabi © Getty Images
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Nico Rosberg rounded off an impressive 2010 season in style by finishing fourth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Following team-mate Michael Schumacher's retirement at the start, Rosberg made the most of the safety car period to pit for hard tyres and the strategy paid dividends.

"I'm very pleased with fourth place and it's the best that we could have hoped for from my grid position," said Rosberg. "Special thanks to Ross and James Vowles for a great strategy today. We had a good pace on the hard tyres, just like in qualifying, and I was able to make the most of that performance when it mattered. Thanks to everyone here at the track and back at the factory for all of their hard work this year."

The result means that Rosberg finished seventh in the drivers' standings in his debut season for Mercedes, only two points behind Felipe Massa. And the young German is hoping for even better things next year.

"Although we didn't get the results that we wanted on track, I am sure that we will improve massively for next year and have more fun then. Congratulations to Sebastian today and he deserved the title. Next up, we have the test later this week which will be very important to get a headstart on adapting to the new tyres."