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Great spectacle little consolation - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg was in good spirits in parc ferme after his battle with Lewis Hamilton © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg admitted the exciting conclusion to the Bahrain Grand Prix was little consolation after losing his personal battle for victory with team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg just could not find a way past Hamilton in the closing stages in Sakhir after a safety car period brought his team-mate within striking range. Rosberg admitted losing to his team-mate is a bitter blow and underlined his determination to make amends in China.

"It was intense, very, very intense out there," Rosberg said. "I swore big time at him in the helmet, thankfully you [the TV viewers] didn't hear that. It was a big battle and really aggressive, putting everything to the limit. It was so close. So many times I thought 'OK, now I've got him', and he came back at me so he did well. I strongly dislike coming second to Lewis, that's really not something I enjoy doing. But on the other hand it was definitely the most exciting race I've ever done in my whole career, and I hope we were able to give all the fans fantastic racing. Today was a day for the sport, we put on a massive show as Team Silver Arrows. I hope you had a lot of fun in front of the TV. I'll be back next race for the win."

Rosberg also said the entertaining spectacle in Bahrain was good for the sport.

"I was quicker today and just didn't manage to get by him, he did a good job. I need to do that a little bit better next time. Definitely a very exciting race, you can't say the sport was boring after today which is a small positive. Of course I'm unhappy with that and need to do one better next time."

Despite coming off second-best to Hamilton for the second race in a row Rosberg is trying to stay upbeat.

"We are looking great and we have a lot of momentum. We need to keep pushing like that. For sure [it's positive] we are strong. It's a nice moment to be in with this team, having the opportunity to win every race. We musn't forget, and I musn't forget in a difficult moment after this race, I'm still leading the championship by 11 points. I was very quick today, the quickest car today, so onwards and upwards and the next one is mine."

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