• German Grand Prix

Rosberg lacking race pace

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg was unable to resist the attentions of Felipe Massa © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg said that his car was not working as well as it had in qualifying as he finished seventh in the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg started the race in sixth position but after a good start he lost out to Felipe Massa on track and Adrian Sutil in the pit stops to finish seventh. Rosberg said that Mercedes needed to work harder to get the best out of the car's latest updates, but was confident that the team would be able to improve in the week before the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"I had a good start to the race today and made up one position on the first lap to be running in fifth place," Rosberg said. "However I didn't have a perfect set-up today and the car wasn't working quite as well as in qualifying. I had some good battles with Massa but despite pushing hard, it was impossible to keep him behind me."

"Seventh place is ok but we know that we have some work to do to maximise our latest upgrades in the race. I have a great team behind me, both the engineers and the boys in the garage, so I am confident that we will do this and we will see what happens next week in Hungary."