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Rosberg: This is a real turnaround

Nico Rosberg gives Mercedes something to cheer about by taking his - and the team's - third rostrum of the F1 2010 season.
Mercedes Grand Prix man Nico Rosberg notched up his third podium finish of the season today at the British Grand Prix - and then declared that he is 'confident' there is more to come.

Rosberg had qualified fifth for the tenth round in the F1 2010 championship, and he put in an excellent drive in MGP W01 to eventually secure the final place on the rostrum, just in front of reigning world champion, Jenson Button.

While he was a long way off the top two, 21.3 seconds adrift at the chequered flag – despite a safety car period mid-race, which bunched up the pack – it was still a big boost for the Brackley-based outfit, especially after the woe in Valencia two weeks ago.

"I had a good start today and was happy to be up to fourth place by the end of the first lap," Rosberg said. "Robert [Kubica] was holding me up and with Fernando [Alonso] pushing hard behind, it wasn't easy to maintain the place.

"Our strategy was really strong today though so thanks to the guys on the pit wall for their efforts and keeping me out on the options. I had a great lap and with the quick pit stop, it was enough to get me out ahead of Robert, and that made the podium possible.

"It's been a good effort from the team to turn our situation around after Valencia. We have made a step forward and analysed where we went wrong and to come away with a podium today is fantastic. It's a real turnaround and I am confident that there is more to come from us."

Mercedes GP team principal, Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug meanwhile were delighted to see Rosberg secure 'bronze'.

"That was a very good performance from Nico today," said Brawn. "Nico had a great race and we got the maximum out of the car with a strong start, good strategy and impressive driving. Nico pushed as hard as he needed to and produced some great laps at the crucial time so his race went perfectly."

Haug added: "A great race from Nico and the team. Starting from fifth position, Nico came home in third place to finish on the podium for the third time in the last eight races. Our performance this weekend looked better than a fortnight ago in Valencia.

"I am very happy that the team has achieved a podium finish at our home race and this fits perfectly with the BBQ that we have this evening with all our team members in Brackley."

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Race, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01 3rd position
Race, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10
Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01 leads Nico Hulkenberg (GER), Williams, FW32
Saturday Practice, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Race, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01 3rd position and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 2nd position

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Fox - Unregistered

July 11, 2010 10:26 PM

Keep up the good driving Nico. Seems at last Haug is concentrating on Nico and working on luring Kimi to Mercedes to replace hopeless Shuey.

Manxie - Unregistered

July 12, 2010 9:38 AM

Well done Nico! Fantastic drive - finally again. Your team mate needs to seriously nuckle down or he will (unfortunately) be left by the way side. I can see Sutil in a Merc soon... watch this space.

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