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Brawn: Nico and Michael kept us entertained!

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher have glossed over their close calls in the Belgian Grand Prix, focusing instead on a pair of hard-earned points finishes.
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both insist that they are more concerned by the lack of performance from Mercedes' WO1 than by either of the close calls they had during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Already starting with a ten-place grid penalty, Schumacher had fingers wagging again as he barged past his young team-mate on lap eleven, as Rosberg was slowed by an equally aggressive Vitaly Petrov. The two Silver Arrows came perilously close to each other, with Schumacher throwing up a shower of sparks from Rosberg's front wing as he ran over the endplate.

Rosberg pressed on regardless, and his revenge late in the race when, following a rain-induced safety car, he used a good tow and Schumacher inadvertently being blocked to blast back into sixth place approaching Les Combes.

While observers thought that one or both incidents could trigger unrest in a camp that has, like McLaren, attempted to put a unified face on its competitive driver partnership, neither Rosberg nor Schumacher appeared to have any gripes about their other after the race.

"My rain set-up finally worked out towards the end there, and I made up two places on the restart," Rosberg confirmed, "Sixth place today is okay, and it really is the most that we could have hoped for from this weekend.

"Michael and I had a couple of battles out there, which was fun. We respect each other - you just have to be careful and it all worked out okay. It was a good recovery today, but we really need to continue to try and improve our car to have a stronger end to the season."

Seven-time world champion Schumacher made as little reference to the two moments, insisting instead that returning to the points after a scoreless Hungarian GP was a good starting point for the team.

"I am reasonably happy with today's race, especially for the team," the German commented, "Coming from where Nico and I started, I think we can all be pleased with the result, sixth and seventh places from 14th and 21st on the grid is not too bad, and it is important points for the constructors' championship. Without the weather being even crazier, we could not have achieved more today in my view.

"I 'met' Nico twice out on the track today. The first time, I had the better in a nice racing duel, while the second time was right after the restart, where I had to lift a little up into Eau Rouge due to the car in front, which Nico used to fly past me. All in all, Spa turned out to be nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped for."




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