Nico Rosberg is 'hopeful' his sixth place finish at Silverstone will be the start of an 'upward trend'.
Rosberg finished in the points for the second race in succession and was pleased to add to his tally - especially after slipping back at the start. He eventually took the chequered flag about 5 seconds up on the Sauber of Sergio Perez in seventh and was 'best of the rest' after the Red Bulls, Ferraris and the sole surviving McLaren.
“I'm pretty pleased with our result this weekend. First of all because in qualifying we had the potential to be in the top five, and secondly we had a really good strategy in the race. My start was not good, so being able to eventually finish in sixth place is a nice result for us,” Rosberg said.
“And hopefully it's the start of an upward trend, before our next home race in Germany, so I'm looking forward to confirming our performance at the Nürburgring. In the next few days, we will analyse the whole weekend with our new developments on the car, and will work hard on improving it even further.”
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile was also satisfied with the race and with Michael Schumacher coming home in ninth, despite a collision with Kamui Kobayashi and picking up a 10-second stop-go penalty as a result [see separate story - click here
], the Brackley-based outfit got both cars inside the top-ten for only the third time this season.
“This was a solid result for the team and a decent haul of points,” Brawn added. “After starting ninth and 13th respectively, Nico and Michael made good progress up the field.
“They had mixed fortunes at the start - Michael gained four positions, while Nico dropped three places as he lost out in the first few corners.
“Michael's race was obviously spoiled by his collision and it carried a double penalty, as he did a slow lap to the pits and then had the stop-go penalty. However, after that he drove very well and climbed back from as low as 17th to score two points.
“Nico's race was more straightforward, but we set him a real challenge asking him to go the end of the race from lap 30, and he did an extremely solid job to achieve that.
“This was the first race for this car specification, with new exhaust outlets and aerodynamic developments, and we had only an hour of dry running, mainly with one car, before qualifying. With that in mind, we can be encouraged by our performance today. One of our previous difficulties had been making the tyres last properly, but both drivers managed to run over 115 kilometres on a set of options this afternoon, which suggests we have made some good progress in this area,” he concluded.