Nico Rosberg finished last Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix in second position in a race that saw his fellow German, Sebastian Vettel, record a stunning fourth consecutive F1 World Drivers’ Championship title, write Colin and James Beckett.
Rosberg’s second place was strong reward for the Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas squad. Lewis Hamilton, driving the team’s second Mercedes car, finished the race in sixth.
Rosberg said: “This weekend saw our team improve in a positive direction and things went well from the start. Although we did not have the pace of the Red Bull cars, we had the speed to beat other cars in the race and I am very pleased with my second position.”
Hamilton added: “It was good for the team that we both scored strong finishes here in India. It was not an easy race as the strategy in Formula 1 is difficult for everyone at the moment as we try to manage our tyres and make them work throughout the race. I am pleased with my performance and feel we are in good shape for the next race in Abu Dhabi.”
Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both finished in the top ten for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team.
After a poor run of form, both drivers were relieved to be back in the points. Sutil said: “We haven’t seen this pace from our cars for a while. The car felt strong and we were both able to get into the position to finish inside the top ten.”
Daniel Ricciardo finished tenth, scoring a single point for the Bicester Toro Rosso squad. His team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne finished 13th.
Sebastian Vettel’s march to the 2013 F1 World Championship title was in the end and easy one. Victory on Sunday was Vettel’s six straight win and his tenth in a season that has seen him dominate with his Red Bull car. The German currently has 322 points in the championship table, 115 more than his closest rival, Fernando Alonso.
The F1 season continues in Abu Dhabi this weekend.