Q & A with Nico Rosberg

Q. Yet another podium finish for you today.

Q & A with Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg: It's not the many, really - well, one each weekend since Monaco!

Q. Nothing seems to be able to stop you getting there.

Rosberg: Yeah. I'm really happy with this one today actually - it was really good damage limitation this weekend. Heikki had a really good weekend with second yesterday and fifth today - it was a perfect weekend for him - and he only made one point on us, so it was a pretty good weekend for us too!

Q. All things considered there wasn't much more you could have hoped for.

Rosberg: No, although I wasn't really happy with the race pace of the car - it was a similar situation to Silverstone. In Hockenheim we had a really good race pace, but in Silverstone and here it wasn't great. We made a good step for the race today, and I was able to push and have confidence in the car, and you could see today that it looked good on track and we were really quick. We know where the pace is now, and we can still make some improvements.

Q. Talk me through your race today.

Rosberg: I had a stupid start, and it was probably my fault because there was something wrong with the clutch because I didn't do anything with it all weekend, I just set it and there was nothing wrong on the data so we just left it like it was. It didn't work very well, and that caused a terrible start today. So I lost a place [to Alex Premat], which wasn't too bad, but I lost a place. I could have won today, but that didn't happen because it was my teammate in front, so it was still a good result. I was lucky actually, because I stalled and the engine went off, but it restarted from the two kilometres of speed that I had - it just went dum dum dum and then started. It was completely dead.

Q. Did starting on the dirty side of the track cause you any troubles too?

Rosberg: Not in my case, no - it wasn't a positive start, but that wasn't too bad.

Q. After the start you just slotted in behind Alex and followed him the rest of the way. Was there any chance of you having a look past him?

Rosberg: No, because I was quicker than him by just one or two tenths, and when you're only that little bit quicker then it's impossible to get past, and especially in the last two corners where I was slower with a lot of understeer, and the only place to overtake is at the end of the straight. Even behind safety car - it wasn't me sleeping, I just couldn't get through that corner, so that's why I always had a bit of a gap to Alex.

Q. And you managed to maintain the gap back to Giorgio, so that was all you could do today.

Rosberg: Yeah, and he was the quickest one yesterday in the race, so it was good that we could do that.

Q. You've got a couple of weeks off now - are you getting a holiday?

Rosberg: No holiday - I haven't been home for ages, so I'm just going to stay at home!

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