Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher insisted they had taken the maximum result possible from the Italian Grand Prix after bringing home a double points finish.

Rosberg ran in fourth place through the early part of the race, although he was unable to match Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa ahead for pace.

The German saw his hopes of taking fourth come to an end however when Sebastian Vettel ran a long opening stint which allowed him to jump ahead of Rosberg when he made his stop just two laps from the end, with the Mercedes driver forced to settle for fifth.

However, he was still happy with a result that saw him move ahead of Robert Kubica into seventh in the standings.

"Fifth place was an ok result today except for losing the place to Sebastian at the end there," he said. "It was a tough fight and I was pushing to the maximum throughout the race, firstly with Robert at the start and then with Sebastian towards the end. We got the most out of the car this weekend and another double-points finish is good for the team plus it is nice to be ahead of Robert again in the drivers' championship."

Schumacher meanwhile took ninth place in the sister car and also moved up a place in the standings as a result as he moved ahead of Adrian Sutil into ninth.

"I had a quite clean race and I am pretty happy about my start," he said. "It was tight with lots of action so lots of nice fighting. Unfortunately I had to give away two positions to Sebastian and Mark as I just could not keep them behind me. From there onwards, the race was pretty lonely really.

"However we got the maximum out of it considering where we started from and together with Nico, we scored some important points for the team, so I would say it was a decent race."


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