• Malaysian Grand Prix

Rosberg thanks team for result

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg was rarely troubled for third © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg thanked the hard work of his Mercedes team after securing its first ever podium finish.

"It's a fantastic result today to achieve our team's first podium at the home race for our title partner, PETRONAS," said Rosberg. "I want to thank the whole team for all of their hard work this weekend and over the winter. This result is the start of the reward for our efforts. It's a great feeling to be back up on the podium again and to have so much support from the Malaysian fans here."

Starting from second on the grid, Rosberg lost out to eventual winner Sebastian Vettel but was rarely troubled throughout the race as he secured a deserved third place.

"My start didn't go that well today as I had a bit too much wheelspin and once I was in third place, I knew it would be difficult to follow the leading cars. I struggled a little with the options in the first stint which allowed Robert to stay quite close but once we switched to the primes, I felt really comfortable and we could manage the race home to third place.

"This is a great end to a strong weekend for us. We're not quite where we want to be yet so we need to push on but I'm confident that we'll get there soon."