• Italian Grand Prix

Mercedes happy with double points haul

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg leap-frogged Robert Kubica in the drivers' standings © Getty Images

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher said they were happy to come away with more important points for the team after their respective 5th and 9th place finishes.

Rosberg had been running as high as fourth until being passed by Sebastian Vettel in the latter stages but the result moves him back in front of Renault's Robert Kubica in the drivers' standings.

"Fifth place was an ok result today except for losing the place to Sebastian at the end there," said Rosberg. "It was a tough fight and I was pushing to the maximum throughout the race, firstly with Robert at the start and then with Sebastian towards the end. We got the most out of the car this weekend and another double-points finish is good for the team plus it is nice to be ahead of Robert again in the drivers' championship."

Despite once again being out-raced by his younger team-mate, Schumacher said it was important for the team for him to finish in the points.

"I had a quite clean race and I am pretty happy about my start," said Schumacher. "It was tight with lots of action so lots of nice fighting. Unfortunately I had to give away two positions to Sebastian and Mark as I just could not keep them behind me. From there onwards, the race was pretty lonely really. However we got the maximum out of it considering where we started from and together with Nico, we scored some important points for the team, so I would say it was a decent race."