• Australian Grand Prix

Rosberg looks at positives after retirement

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg's afternoon ends early © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg's weekend came to an premature end when he was forced to park his Mercedes after an electronics failure halfway through the Australian Grand Prix.

"There were some cuts and then an electrical problem," he said. "The car felt okay and everyone was sounding very positive in my ears, but apparently it wasn't so great."

"Nico was running strongly when he was forced to retire," explained team principal Ross Brawn. "We saw a drop in voltage from the battery and that stopped the car. Overall, we have made a good step with the car and learned a lot this afternoon."

"There are lots of positives that we can take from the weekend," Rosberg, who qualified in sixth, agreed.

"The team have developed a solid car over the winter, I had a good qualifying pace and the car also ran well in the wet. It looks like we have started to close the gap to the front runners and we can build on that."