Nico Rosberg believes that his fifth position was the best he could've managed at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Despite qualifying in eleventh place a number of penalties for those in front of him meant that the German, who has been heavily linked with a drive at Brawn GP next season, actually started in seventh on the grid.
“That was the best I could do today,” he said. “The car wasn't as quick as we wanted it to be but we got the best out of it. I had a really good strategy which helped deliver this result. It was a tough race so overall I'm pleased.”
Williams Techincal Director Sam Michael acknowledged that penalising other drivers further up the grid had put Rosberg out of step with those around him.
“We had an interesting race because our strategies were quite different to the cars around us due to the penalties,” he said. “Nico kept his head down and scored some points which was what was required today. He was competitive at the times he needed to be and this is a good result.”
The German's team mate, Kazuki Nakajima admitted he wasn't pleased with his performance at his home race.
“It's a disappointing result at my home Grand Prix. I was on a one stop strategy which was working up to a point but then there was just too much traffic and the safety car came out so it didn't work out the way we had hoped.”