• Indian Grand Prix

Rosberg praises 'good team result'

ESPNF1 Staff
October 30, 2011 « KERS strategy works for Schumacher | Perez makes his point in India »
Rosberg leads Schumacher in the early stages © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg confessed himself happy with 'a good team result' after he finished behind team-mate Michael Schumacher at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

It is only the fourth time this season that Rosberg has finished behind Schumacher and the order could have been reversed but for time lost during his second pit stop.

"We can be happy with a good team result and that's what the boys in the garage deserved," said Rosberg. "I'm also pleased to have gained one place on my grid position. However my strategy was not perfect today and I lost some time in the second pit stop which meant that I wasn't able stay ahead of Michael.

"I had good pace at the end of the race and pushed very hard but it was impossible to catch him over the last laps. I'm confident that we can repeat this good result in the last two races. All in all, it has been a good Indian Grand Prix debut for us and I hope all the fans enjoyed the race. I'm looking forward to coming back next year."

The double points finish means that Mercedes maintains its comfortable fourth place in the constructors' standings.

"A very solid race from the drivers and team today, and we are very pleased to have achieved fifth and sixth places," said team boss Ross Brawn. "Michael, Nico and the engineers did an excellent job to focus on getting the car right for the race, and making the best use of the tyres. We certainly got everything that we could out of our current car this weekend. It was a very good result for the team today and I'm extremely pleased with how we have worked this weekend."