Nico Rosberg said he was pleased to secure a hard-fought podium finish in the Indian Grand Prix to help Mercedes move clear of Ferrari into second place in the Constructors' Championship.

The German was forced to fight back from dropping behind Felipe Massa's Ferrari at the start of the race but made the most of his strategy to get back ahead to run third in the closing stages.

With Kimi Raikkonen struggling on his tyres as he attempted to complete the race on a single stop, Rosberg was able to blast past the Lotus to earn the runner-up slot.

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With team-mate Lewis Hamilton taking sixth, Mercedes has now moved four points clear of Ferrari into second in the Constructor's standings.

"We scored a lot of points and climbed back up to second place in the Constructors' Championship," he said. "I'm quite confident that we can keep that position until the end of the season as the team is doing a great job and our car looks good but it will be a fight.

"I had good pace today and we really nailed the set-up here. The team did a fantastic job on the strategy and thanks to the boys for that. The only thing which didn't work out perfectly was when I dropped behind Felipe at the start as it was not easy to overtake him on the track, but then we managed to clear him in the pits. Our target was to be the best of rest this weekend and it worked out perfectly."

Team boss Ross Brawn meanwhile said he was delighted with the result of the race for the Brackley-based team.

"We scored a very solid team result this afternoon," he said. "Nico enjoyed a very, very good afternoon: the strategy worked out perfectly for him and he got all the right breaks, which allowed him to show what the car was capable of delivering. For Lewis, losing position to Massa early in the race proved critical. That meant we were unable to build a gap in the opening stint because we couldn't run at our natural pace, so as others behind us pitted, we had to anticipate our first stop in spite of having plenty of life left in the tyres.

"After that point, Lewis didn't have the straightline speed to pass Felipe and make the most of the core performance of the car. That naturally left him frustrated but shouldn't overshadow the good work both drivers and engineering teams did this weekend. We gathered a good haul of points today and need to continue to do so in the remaining races."