28 October 2013
Indian Grand Prix: Vettel 'not a motivating factor' for Rosberg
Nico Rosberg has brushed aside suggestions that his compatriot Sebastian Vettel's success in F1 might prove to be a motivating factor for his own driving.
Nico Rosberg was quick to congratulate Sebastian Vettel on his fourth consecutive F1 world championship title, but was quick to add that his fellow German driver's success did not impact on his own motivation to him.
"He's done an amazing job this year and deserves to be world champion," said Grosjean of Vettel. "We're going to give it all over the winter to be a massive challenge next year."
But when asked if he took inspiration from Vettel's level of success in motivating his own career in the sport, Rosberg was quick to say no: "It doesn't. I look at myself. I congratulate him, they do a fantastic job, but it's not like it motivates me.
"I look at my own thing and try to do with my own team the best possible job," he continued. "Of course trying to beat them because Sebastian has been the guy to beat in the last four years so our target is – well, was - this year to beat them but that didn't quite work out.
"Next year it will be to beat whoever is our fiercest competitor," Rosberg added, admitting that it was very likely to be Vettel and Red Bull Racing setting the benchmark even after all the new rule changes come in. "Very likely they're going to be up the front again next year but I'm confident that we can be strong too and I really look forward to that.
Finishing in second place in India is Nico Rosberg's best result since Silverstone, and the Mercedes driver was happy to be back on the podium again at long last.
"Yeah, I'm pleased," he said after the Indian Grand Prix. "I'm pleased with that. The car was working well today. Important for us to have a normal weekend, so a lot of points and giving Ferrari a run for their money in the Constructors'. That's the aim for us now."
The start of the race from second place on the grid alongside Vettel didn't exactly do to plan, however. Not only did Vettel cover his challenge into turn 1, Rosberg also briefly lost out to his own team mate Lewis Hamilton. And while the two Mercedes cars were scrapping, Felipe Massa then flew past first of them down the long straight into turn 4.
"The start was a bit difficult, dropping behind Massa," admitted Rosberg, who despite having a faster car was unable to find his way back around the Ferrari. "He was definitely a lot slower. I gave it a go on one lap but I couldn't make it happen and he passed me back on the exit."
After that, it was up to the team to plot a way back for him. "The team did a fantastic strategy. I managed to get by him like that and, yeah - second place!" he smiled "We managed to clear him in the pits. Our target was to be the best of rest this weekend and it worked out perfectly."
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