Rosberg deflated by front wing failure

By on Sunday, October 6, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg labelled his Korean Grand Prix as "tough" after finishing the race in seventh place.

Rosberg was passing team-mate Lewis Hamilton for third place when the front nose failed.

Rosberg pitted and dropped down the order, but he eventually recovered to seventh position.

"That was another very tough race for me," he said.

"I couldn't believe what happened with the wing: I was on course for a podium finish after overtaking Lewis and two seconds later, the front wing just broke."

"It was pretty scary because that could have been a dangerous situation but the engineers told me over the radio that it was under control and I could carry some speed back to the pits. It's a shame because the car felt great today and I found a good balance and how to get the most out of the car, which I hadn't managed until this point of the weekend."

"It's been a real up and down season so far for me but it's good that we have another race in a week's time. Our car is very competitive and I had good pace compared to the cars on the podium. So I'm looking forward to the next races."

Team principal Ross Brawn also reckons that Rosberg was set for a top three finish.

"Nico's tyres were in much better shape and he was running at the same pace as the leaders and well on course for a podium finish when he suffered a structural failure on the front wing assembly which forced him to make an immediate pit stop," said Brawn.

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