In the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya today, Nico Rosberg delivered the best performance of his Formula One career to date as he crossed the finish line in sixth position. Nico's three points drive him up one place in the Drivers' table to eighth, while the team move into equal fifth place in the Constructors' Championship.
However, the Grand Prix brought a split result for the team as Alex Wurz's frustrating weekend continued into the race as a collision forced him into early retirement at the end of the first lap. With Monaco the next stop on the calendar in two weeks' time, the pressure to find additional performance remains and so the team will spend four days testing at the Paul Ricard facility in France this week.
Nico Rosberg: 6th
"It was a good race and there's no doubt we got the balance right, especially in the middle stint, when I was really able to push on fresh tyres. Thanks to the team for the strategy and the perfectly timed pitstops. My only problem was that my drinks' bottle didn't work and I couldn't take in any fluids during the race at all so it was really tough, not just because I was thirsty, but in terms of concentration, especially towards the end."
"This is the best result I've had in F1 so far, and that's a great feeling. Trying to catch up with Coulthard at the end of the race was exciting, but I really needed a couple more laps to get him. Three points are great and I am happy that everything came together for us today."
Alex Wurz: DNF
"A short race, and really just not the best weekend for me. I had a good start and overtook a few guys, but then I was lined up behind Ralf going into turn 10 and he suddenly had to lift for someone in front. It's such close racing out there so I had zero chance to react and ended up on his wheel. It proved the end of my race. I'm disappointed that I could not show my race pace, but you can count on me in Monaco."
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
"Everyone did everything right today. The starts were good and it was an impressive drive from Nico. He pulled everything he could out of the car and we didn't experience any reliability issues. Unfortunately, Alex did not have the best of weekends as he shunted on the first lap which ended his race. The three points mean we leave Spain in fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, which is a welcome result for the team."