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There's more to come, says Rosberg

Mercedes GP man Nico Rosberg puts in another great performance and moves up to second place in the drivers' championship.
Nico Rosberg took his second podium finish in as many races today in the Chinese Grand Prix and then declared there is more to come from Mercedes.

Rosberg put in an excellent drive in the challenging and constantly changing weather conditions to eventually secure third.

Intermittent showers throughout the race put the emphasis on making the right strategic calls and like eventual winner, Jenson Button, Rosberg opted to stay out on slick tyres in the first phase.

That decision put him right at the front and he led from lap 3 to lap 19, before being passed by Button, shortly before switching to intermediates as the conditions steadily worsened again.

Although he slipped behind Lewis Hamilton following his final stop, Rosberg was still over-the-moon to take P3: "It's fantastic to be on the podium for the second race in succession. It was an eventful race and we made very good choices which put us in contention for the result today," he reflected.

"Following advice from Jock [Clear] and the team, I decided to stay out on slicks and give it a go when the first showers hit. I was out there just thinking please stop raining! But it was the right call and it was a nice feeling to be leading the race for a while.

"When it started raining again, I suffered quite badly from tyre degradation on the intermediates and Jenson was able to get past. We didn't seem to quite have the pace on inters but third place is great and we've made a step in the right direction this weekend. There's more to come from the team so it's really good to be heading into the European season with some strong results and second place in the Drivers' Championship."

Mercedes GP team principal, Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug were again impressed to see Rosberg do so well.

"We had a very good race with Nico today. He drove extremely well in difficult conditions and the team did everything right on the tyre stops, making good strategic decisions. We lost some of our advantage with the safety car which was a shame but overall an excellent day and a great drive from Nico," said Brawn.

Haug added: "A great result for Nico and everybody at Mercedes GP Petronas today. Well done to all of our team members on the second podium in a row with two third places for Nico and our team. Nico is now second in the points standings after four races and certainly one of the most remarkable drivers of this young season."

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ted - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 3:24 PM

Well Doris, this is Nico's first time with a top team and he's been on the podium twice, so the season and development of the Merc should show if he can make it. I guess we'll all find out.

ted - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 1:36 PM

Great drive by Nico, this kid had it all to do when Schumacher came back, as he was supposed to be the backup guy who went yes sir, no sir. Well done Norbert and Brawn on chasing out Button to have your super German team. Schumacher is really showing how good his reflex's are and for a mere 20 plus million a year. I'd swear Ross got together with Michael and said lets take this clown Norbert to the cleaners...I'll get him to buy my team and you take 20 mill... Hope Button keeps kicking their butt...

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