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Rosberg has 'fun' on home soil

Nico Rosberg manages a single point from the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
Nico Rosberg said he had had a 'fun' race at Hockenheim after coming through from the back of the field to finish tenth in the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg had been forced to start down in 21st place after a poor qualifying session, compounded by the fact he then had to take a five place penalty for a gearbox change.

The Mercedes man managed to work his way through the field to secure the final point after a low-key performance and he said he was already switching his focus to trying to secure a strong result in Hungary this coming weekend.

“It feels ok to have scored one point today after such a bad qualifying yesterday and starting right at the back,” he said. “We had a good strategy and I had great fun out there at times overtaking so many people to move from 21st to tenth place. Some of the guys I had to overtake a couple of times and there were some nice manoeuvres.

“Thanks to our fans here in Hockenheim for their fantastic support, even though the weekend didn't really run to plan. Now I look forward to Budapest in just seven days and hope for a better weekend, and we will keep working very hard towards this.”

Team boss Ross Brawn admitted to mixed emotions after the race, which saw Michael Schumacher drop back to seventh having started on the second row of the grid.

“We ran the race as well as we could today, in the knowledge that we would have to make three pit stops,” he said. “Some of our rivals on two-stop strategies faded towards the end but the drop-off was not sufficient for our drivers to be able to take advantage on fresher tyres. Michael and Nico put in consistent performances, pulled off good overtaking moves and we delivered six clean pit stops.

“Our strategy enabled Nico to climb eleven positions from his starting place, while Michael finished in seventh place for the second time in two weeks. We made the right decisions this afternoon but, after 67 laps, Michael found himself 29 seconds behind the winner. That shows we need to find more pace from the car.”

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