Damage limitation for Rosberg

Nico RosbergNico Rosberg was satisfied with second place in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, stating it was a case of “damage limitation” due to issues with his car (Nico Rosberg 9/4 – Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Outright).

The German started the race on pole but had to settle for a second-placed finish behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton has now extended his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship table to 10 points following the race, which was ended early in extremely wet conditions following a crash that left Marussia’s Jules Bianchi with serious head injuries.

Rosberg revealed he struggled with the balance of his car and oversteering during the race at Suzuka and he expects his team to look at those issues before the next race in Russia on Sunday.

The German remains upbeat over his chances of landing the drivers’ title with four grands prix remaining, with 125 points still up for grabs as double points will be awarded in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

“I struggled a lot with the balance of my car on the intermediate tyres, so I had to push hard to keep Lewis behind me,” he said.

“I had a lot of oversteering which is why the rear end of my car was very nervous. That was really strange and I didn’t have the necessary confidence in the corners; we need to look into that in the next few days.

“It meant that Lewis was quicker today and deserved the win. It was damage limitation with losing only seven points to him. For the team it was a good result with another one-two.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton, who is 4/11 to win the Drivers’ Championship outright, was delighted with his own performance in tricky conditions on Sunday.

He said: “The conditions were difficult throughout but I had more pace than Nico and could follow him quite comfortably in the early stages.

“This is not an easy circuit for following another car or for overtaking, but he made a mistake out of the last corner and I was able to pass. The whole approach then needed to change to look after the tyres and make sure I stayed in the lead until the end of the race.”

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