Nico Rosberg has admitted his pride at silencing what he described as "very unfair" critics of F1 by producing such an exciting race in Bahrain.

The two Mercedes team-mates went wheel-to-wheel in a thrilling battle on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton coming out on top to take his second consecutive victory. With Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo in Bahrain on Sunday morning for talks with FIA president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone about the future of the sport, the Bahrain Grand Prix was the perfect response to concerns that the new regulations were damaging to F1.

Speaking to Crash.net after his day testing in Bahrain on Tuesday, Rosberg said he was aware of the positive feedback the battle between himself and Hamilton had been getting, and expressed his delight at being able to help the sport create headlines for the right reasons.

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"I've noticed that the race in Bahrain has been very positively received and that's really satisfying to see as I care very deeply about this sport," Rosberg said. "I find the criticism that the new regulations have received to be very unfair, as it's far too early to judge such a revolutionary set of regulations. Unfortunately, however, those voices had been getting louder and louder.

"In my mind there was no better way, in the entire world, to silence them than by producing what has been described as one of the most exciting races in the history of Formula One.

"Although I was disappointed with the race result, that disappointment has quickly been replaced by a massive attack mode for China along with the happiness at having been able to do my bit for the sport."