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'I thought he was going to put me in the wall' - Rosberg

Laurence Edmondson at Sepang
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Nico Rosberg was made to work for second place off the line by Sebastian Vettel © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg said his "heart skipped a beat" as Sebastian Vettel squeezed him towards the pit wall at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg made a lightning-quick start from third on the grid and positioned his car between Vettel's Red Bull and the pit wall as he moved up to second place ahead of the first corner.

"I had a really good start, so I was happy about that because it's not so easy this year," he said in the FIA press conference. "The rear tyres are harder and we have more torque. So it's very difficult to get it right - but it felt great and got away well and then Sebastian, I thought he was going to put me right into the wall, but he stopped just before - so thank you for that!"

Vettel responded: "I had a similar experience last year…"

Rosberg added: "…that doesn't make it right to do it again! My heartbeat skipped a beat a little bit but I kept right on it, it was OK anyway, it wasn't that bad. Then I had a bit of a moment in Turn Three, a bit of a tail, tank-slapper and that allowed them all to get another run on me, but it all worked out."

Rosberg said race-winner Lewis Hamilton was too quick for him over the course of the grand prix.

"I was just trying to chase Lewis but he was a bit too quick today. It was a bit difficult out there because the track was really poor, it seemed, sliding so much, and just struggling with the rear tyres especially. That made it a bit difficult out there."

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