Nico Rosberg finished third in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the wheel of a Brackley-based Mercedes, write Colin and James Beckett.
The German kept up his run of seven consecutive finishes inside the top ten to keep himself sixth in the Drivers’ Standings with just two races of the 2013 FIA F1 World Championship season remaining.
Following Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to the chequered flag, Rosberg was pleased to stand on the podium despite the fact that his Mercedes was unable to challenge the dominance of the two Red Bull racers ahead of him.
Afterwards Rosberg said: “It was good to finish third for the team. Everyone has worked so hard to place me in this position and to leave Abu Dhabi with a third is probably the best I could have wished for. The Red Bull cars were very strong here this weekend and Sebastian (Vettel) is currently in a league of his own.”
Vettel’s victory was his 11th of the season, and the German has already been crowned as the 2013 champion.
Lewis Hamilton finished in seventh position in the second Mercedes, one place behind the lead Silverstone-based Sahara Force India car driven by Paul di Resta.
The Scot was pleased with his sixth place finish, his second consecutive point scoring drive after having a run of seven races outside of the points.
He said: “I am trying really hard for myself and the team. I feel I am driving well at the moment and I want to score more points in the United States and Brazil in the remaining two races.” Adrian Sutil also scored a point for the Force India team – finishing tenth.
Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne finished 16th and 17th in their Bicester manufactured Toro Rosso cars. Vergne said: “This was another difficult race for us and we didn’t quite have the pace of the cars ahead. We hope we can challenge for points in the last two races of the year, it would be good to end the season on a high.”