Nico Rosberg was thrilled to come away with his best result in Formula 1 after finishing in fourth place at the Brazilian Grand Prix, a result that was enough to also help Williams retain fourth in the constructors' standings.

Heading into the race on the back foot having qualified tenth, five places lower than Mark Webber's Red Bull, Rosberg needed to keep the Red Bulls honest in order to ensure the team would hold onto their position.

When Webber retired though, Williams were all but assured the position - which comes after the team's worst ever performance of eighth in 2006 -, giving the German a chance to push hard for a good personal result to end the season with.

And push he did, a long second stint helping to get him into the fight for fourth place, a position he proceeded to take when he overtook both Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica into the first corner with two sublime moves in the closing laps of the race.

Delighted to have recorded his best ever result in Formula 1, Rosberg - who is yet to confirm a drive for 2008 but is expected to stay with Williams - maintained his status as a star for the future by cementing ninth the driver standings.

"I am very happy! This is a super result for the team, and for me, because fourth is my best result in F1 so far. Thanks to my engineers who improved the car a lot throughout the weekend, their efforts definitely helped me out in qualifying and then in the race.

"My strategy was very much on the limit; a heavy fuel load on the second stint was really tough on the tyres and I was struggling a bit, but I could make up the pace with my last set which were good. The pressure was on today because everything was on the line, the Constructors' position for the team and my position in the Drivers' so I am very pleased with the outcome.

"The best thing is that this race was my personal best result which means I can go into the winter happy - that's going to be fun!"

 

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