Nico Rosberg is sure that Mercedes can retain second place in the constructors’ championship with two races remaining in 2013.
Rosberg finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place, allowing Mercedes to open up an 11 point advantage over nearest rivals Ferrari.
“I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark [Webber] off the line,” he said.
“I thought there might be a chance to get Seb but it wasn’t quite possible.”
“I was able to push hard in the first stint on the option tyres but the second stint wasn’t quite as good as the car had a lot of oversteer on the primes and Mark was able to pass me.”
“After the second stop, the set-up worked much better and we were able to set some really good lap times. We didn’t quite manage to take the challenge to the Red Bulls today but we were closer at least to one of them and hopefully we can make it happen in the last two races.”
“As a team, we scored some great points for the Constructors’ Championship this weekend and I’m very happy about that.”
Lewis Hamilton dropped from fourth to seventh by the finish and acknowledges that he needs to investigate his recent problems.
“That was a tough race this evening for me,” he said.
“My race just didn’t quite come together and I’m not really sure why as I gave it my all out there. I had some problems with grip and, of course, it’s so difficult to overtake here when you are in traffic but we also need to figure out why I’m not getting the maximum performance from the car at the moment.”