It appeared to business as usual for Nico Rosberg and Mercedes as they shot off into the distance early on in the Canadian Grand Prix, but around the halfway mark serious problems afflicted both the, hitherto dominant and bullet-proof, Silver Arrows W05. Thereafter it was a tense afternoon for Nico Rosberg who had to spend the remaining laps nursing his underpowered and brake-less car to the finish line while defending from the pursuing pack. The German spoke of his afternoon of toil which was rewraded with second place and resulted in a handy 22 points lead over his closetst rival.
At the start and the beginning of the race it looked like you really had the speed and then you were fighting a lot with your team-mate. Tell us about the beginning…
Nico Rosberg: Yeah it was a big battle all the way. Already on the start I didn’t have the best getaway but I got better through turn one, so I managed to keep the lead through turn one and from then on it was a big battle all the way through. Managed to stay ahead until the second pit stop and we had a problem in the pit stop and I think that’s the main thing. I dropped behind as a result. From then on I didn’t really know what was going on because I lost a lot of power so very slow down the straights, so just trying to hang on, trying to put qualifying laps all the time but it didn’t quite work out against Daniel.
Are you concerned that Red Bull are closing in, is it disappointment at the lost win or is it a positive feeling with the points gained over Lewis?
NR: Not positive in the end, the overwhelming feeling. It was a very, very difficult day out there today and then to come home second – and I didn’t even know that I was second, I only found out afterwards – so that was positive. And extended the Championship lead, which is important, of course, and yes, we are fully aware that Red Bull is still an amazingly strong team and pushing like crazy to catch us. We are well aware of that and we are always concerned and always making sure that our drive remains exactly the same as it was last year when we were half-a-second behind them. We’re really pushing to even extend the gap. We’re trying to, yeah.
What problem was more difficult to handle: the one that you have lost power or the subsequent brake problems?
NR: Well, the power, once I re-sorted my braking points and everything – because I arrived with so much less speed – so once I sorted out those out, then the power one was actually OK but the brakes, that was more difficult because I also had to run the brake balance forwards, very, very far forwards just to use the front much more, so it was just much more difficult with front locking, and to find my way with that. And at the same time I had to do qualifying laps and with the brake balance, I was using the front tyres much too much so that was very challenging.