Rosberg rues 'messed up' start

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg was left to rue a poor start as he finished second to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg started from the front row of the grid but slipped to fifth on the first lap, and spent the first stint behind Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo, having passed Valtteri Bottas at the Bus Stop chicane.

Perez and Ricciardo pitted to enable Rosberg to move into second, from where he remained for the rest of the race as Hamilton cruised to victory.

"[I] just messed up the start so that was very annoying," he said.

"[i] gave it absolutely everything, we were on the edge all the way through, it was awesome to drive, Lewis did a great job and deserved to win.

While Hamilton inferred that he had pace in hand, Rosberg said that every lap was akin to a qualifying effort.

"I chased Lewis, I was getting closer but then Lewis got away, [it was like a] qualifying lap every lap but he did a great job and it wasn’t enough."

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