• Indian Grand Prix

Rosberg hails 'step forward'

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg again outqualified Michael Schumacher © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg said that Mercedes had made a step forward after he qualified seventh on the grid for the Indian Grand Prix and but for an incident in Q1 and at the end of Q3, he could have been even higher.

"I'm pleased that we made a step forward today but we could perhaps have finished higher," said Rosberg. "In Q1, I hit a kerb quite heavily and damaged the floor which lost some of the car's downforce for the rest of qualifying. I was on my quickest lap at the end of Q3 but unfortunately I had to slow down for the yellow flag after Felipe's incident so that cost me some time.

"I will push hard to gain places tomorrow and have a good race on this fantastic track. I'm guessing it will be an exciting race and the Indian people should be proud to have one of the best tracks in the world of motorsport now!"

Team boss Ross Brawn praised the efforts of Rosberg and the efforts of the race organisers in producing an exciting venue.

"Nico did a great job, especially considering that he was struggling a little with the car yesterday, so all credit to him and his team for getting the car in good shape for qualifying. Our runs on high fuel this weekend have been encouraging so we are looking forward to the race tomorrow at this impressive new track."