Nico Rosberg admitted he couldn't have done more after taking third place behind the two Red Bull drivers in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Going into the weekend, the German had insisted that his aim was to be 'best of the rest' and he duly delivered in qualifying to secure third on the grid behind Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

A strong start to the race allowed the Mercedes man to jump ahead of Webber into second place when the lights went out, although he was unable to challenge leader Vettel ahead.

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Slipping behind Webber when the pair then swapped to the medium compound tyre, Rosberg followed the Australian home and said he was still pleased with the result despite failing to beat the Red Bull pair on track.

"I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark off the line," he said. "I thought there might be a chance to get Seb but it wasn't quite possible. I was able to push hard in the first stint on the option tyres but the second stint wasn't quite as good as the car had a lot of oversteer on the primes and Mark was able to pass me.

"After the second stop, the set-up worked much better and we were able to set some really good lap times. We didn't quite manage to take the challenge to the Red Bulls today but we were closer at least to one of them and hopefully we can make it happen in the last two races. As a team, we scored some great points for the Constructors' Championship this weekend and I'm very happy about that."

Team boss Ross Brawn meanwhile was full of praise for the German, insisting he had delivered the maximum result possible on track.

"Nico drove a great race this afternoon," he said. "We don't yet have the car to compete with Red Bull but he put in a superb performance with good tactics, the right strategy and great pit stops.

"Our crew has had a tough weekend here in Abu Dhabi and it's to their great credit they performed so well today. It was a perfect race for Nico and delivered the maximum we could achieve today."