by Russell Atkins

Nico Rosberg acknowledges Williams' 30th anniversary weekend on home soil was 'a disaster', as the two FW29s trailed home in twelfth and 13th positions more than a lap adrift of race-winner Kimi Raikkonen.

After a technical problem in Q1 had left the young German down in the lower reaches of the starting grid, he knew he would be facing an uphill battle on Sunday. A racy opening stint, however, saw him make up a number of places - at least until he came up against an immovable object in the shape of Red Bull Racing's David Coulthard, at one point being pushed onto the grass in an attempt to get by the Scot.

"It was disappointing," he told Crash.net when looking back over the weekend. "It started off with a mechanical failure in qualifying, and that was it really. It was a disaster. When you start 17th it's just horrible.

"We decided to go for an aggressive strategy - there were no points possible, whatever we did from that position, but at least we got some TV exposure which was good for the sponsors and we got some exciting racing in."

Admitting he had expected more speed from the car, particularly following an encouraging Friday performance that saw him end the day fifth with team-mate Alex Wurz eighth, Rosberg knows further pace will need to be found during this week's group test at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium if he is to have a chance of shining in front of his home crowd at the N?rburgring in a fortnight's time.

"It wasn't great," the 22-year-old underlined, "but on the other hand if you compare us to the others, it was just Ferrari who were massively quick. The rest weren't too far away.

We are definitely missing quite a lot, though, and we need to keep the steps forward coming.

"The N?rburgring is going to be nice with the German fans and racing on a good track, so it should be quite fun. We need to try and get back in the points again there."

 

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