Williams technical director, Sam Michael has given Nico Rosberg a pat on the back following his performance during the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rosberg enjoyed a strong showing last weekend, and he eventually brought his Williams-Toyota FW29 home in seventh place, to score points for the third time this season - and increase his and the teams tally by two.

Michael was impressed: "It was good to get a couple of points in the Constructors' Championship, thanks to Nico," he noted. "We lost some time in the second stint which we couldn't make up, but he got everything he could out of the car.

"There's a break now before the next race, with no opportunity for testing, but we're looking forward to Istanbul in three weeks' time."

Rosberg meanwhile for his part, was also pretty happy to get points, even if he had been hoping to finish slightly higher up, especially as he had qualified fifth on the grid and was later bumped up to fourth as a result of Fernando Alonso's penalty.

"In the end, I have to be pleased with this result, even if I had hoped to have done better than seventh," said the German, who has now scored 7 points so far this season. "That's just the way it turned out and there wasn't much more we could have done."

Asked about the grand prix in more detail, he conceded that while it was tough, he coped with it fine: "It wasn't an easy race. Hungary is one of the hardest tracks on the calendar from a physical perspective, but that is why I work so hard in training and had no problems," he added. "Our strategy was good - I didn't come across any traffic, and that allowed me to go at my own pace, but we just missed out."

Rosberg's team-mate, Alex Wurz didn't fare nearly so well however, he only qualified twelfth and in the end finished 14th. The Austrian blamed a poor start and Spyker's Adrian Sutil for his woes.

"Unfortunately, for the first time this season, I lost a position at the start which put me behind [Anthony] Davidson and lost me a lot of time," he explained. "After that, I was putting in some good lap times, considering my strategy.

"I spent the race fighting for position with [Giancarlo] Fisichella and [Felipe] Massa; we were having a bit of a battle but then came to lap [Adrian] Sutil in the Spyker.

"He let the other two past, but pushed me onto the grass. I don't think Adrian realised I was there, but it meant I lost a place to Massa."

 

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