Nico Rosberg came closer than ever to recording the best result of his short Formula 1 career in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, although the German in the end had to settle for sixth position.

His third point scoring finish in a row, Rosberg gambled on a one-stop strategy in the race and appeared to have his hopes of improving on his position ruined early on as he got stuck behind the Honda of Jenson Button.

However, after several failed attempts at getting through, Rosberg executed a perfect move around the outside of the Variante della Roggia and went on to chase the two-stoppers ahead.

Remarkably, the German managed to recoup enough of the ground with his different strategy to place him in fifth position ahead of Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen, putting him on course for what would be his best ever result.

However, Rosberg was powerless to defend from a recovering Kubica in the latter stages of the race and slipped to sixth, where he would go on to finish and capture three points. Despite missing out on a top five result, Rosberg was otherwise happy to be in the points again and praised the team for their efforts over the course of the weekend.

"It was a good weekend for us. We showed a competitive pace and we've been happy with our performance all weekend. The team's made good progress following the test here last week, and the hard work paid off with a really a big step forward.

"Well done to Toyota as Monza's an engine track and we held our own. It's also great to get more points for both the Championships."

 

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