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Nico Rosberg Q&A: I tried everything to pass Hulkenberg 08 Sep 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday, 5 September 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32 is followed by Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 8 September 2013

Having missed most of FP3 with technical issues, Nico Rosberg did well to qualify and race his Mercedes to sixth in Italy. But afterwards the German was disappointed that he wasn’t able to get past compatriot Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber for a couple of extra points...

Q: Nico, how disappointing was it when you got your braking wrong at the first chicane and went straight on? Would it have changed anything?
Nico Rosberg:
It would not have changed anything so it is an unimportant side effect of the race. I tried to be as close as possible to Nico (Hulkenberg) the whole race, but if you have no downforce it is impossible to do a big miracle. Somehow it was an unfortunate race for me because the car was going really good, it felt fantastic. There was real speed in the car so it could have been quite a different ending. But Nico was well on his way so somehow there was no chance to turn things around.

Q: Nevertheless, you were fighting with Nico until the very end of the race, so how difficult was it in terms of patience?
NR:
Sure, my patience was running low at one point. I tried to stay as close as possible for as long as I could - but in the end it was not enough.

Q: Lewis (Hamilton) passed you at one point in the race and there was the radio message for you ‘save tyres’. Did you know that he would have one more stop then you?
NR:
Yes, I knew that, so it was not an issue having him pass me. It didn’t change anything for my race as I knew that I would not race against him as the plan was that I save my tyres at the beginning and would be able to attack towards the end - which I did. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Q: You’ve been working very hard in the car. How was this afternoon for you?
NR:
Yes, I was working very hard so it is even more disappointing that there was no way of passing Nico. We tried everything. In the first stint I let him move away and tried desperately to attack in the second stint - but whatever I did, it didn’t help. It’s a pity because, as I said before, the car felt fabulous.

Q: Were you surprised that the Sauber car today was so quick?
NR:
I was. Nobody had them on their short list. But I also have to say that Nico did a very good job.

Q: At the end of the day, would you say that under the circumstances you’re satisfied with the result - or would much more have been possible?
NR:
Much more would have been possible. The car was really good. It’s a real pity. Probably this all stems from the fact that I basically missed FP3 and so was not able to give my car the ultimate tweak for qualifying - that ultimately cost me a better result this weekend. Next stop is Singapore - and I am really looking forward to walking away from Singapore more satisfied than I do from Monza.

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