- European Grand Prix
Rosberg praises strategic call
Nico Rosberg praised the strategic call made by his Mercedes team for securing him sixth place in the European Grand Prix.
Rosberg had planned to carry out a one-stop race but lost out heavily after a safety car period which saw him slip back out of the top ten at the restart due to cold tyres. As a result he was switched to a two-stop strategy late on and made up a number of positions in the closing laps - eventually setting the fastest lap as he climbed back through the field - and he thanked the team for the call.
"It felt like I was finishing 15th at one point!" Rosberg said. "I was sure, 'OK, today I'm finishing 15th'. I'm really pleased with sixth in the end because it was such a difficult race, going up and down all the time and everything, it was really quite a struggle. A great call in the end from strategy from Mr Vowel's - the guy who does the strategy in the team - because that gave me many, many positions, because I wasn't going anywhere otherwise."
Rosberg added that the heat had made the race a tough test for the drivers and the teams.
"Tyre temperatures and tyre degradation was really the key today. It's such a challenge to get it right. Driving style, set-up, everything; it's very, very difficult to do the job with that so in the end I'm pleased because six place is still many points."