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GP Week : Issue 215
Disappointment can be tough to take, and grace under those circumstances can be tough. Nico Rosberg was all class when he spoke to the F1 media after the race: On his immediate reaction: "Of course right now disappointment is the dominant emotion. I have to digest this whole situation. I think that is understandable. Right now it doesn't really feel much different than Austin where I also lost the race – but probably the whole dimension of this race will set in later." On his disappointing start: "And after all the practising we did – but of course you can only do it at the pit lane exit – it was not good. I don't know why this was so, but you don't pay so much attention to it as you attribute it to the unusual situation. Now we will have to look into it to see what the problem was." On facing the tech issues further on: "In such a situation you don't give up. The hope was still there, as I only had to finish sixth should Lewis retire. So you still hope and pray and try to carry the car as gently around the track as possible – and at the same time as fast as the car allows you to. And then slowly with ever y lap that passed hope was vanishing ... that was a pret ty tough situation." On how the problems first appeared: "Suddenly the speeds were completely different because ERS was playing up. And when that happens it starts to inter fere with a lot of other systems – and at one point there were problems everywhere." On whether he thought of simply stopping: "Giving in? Never. But I had to adjust to the situation of my car. For example I had to hit the gas already before the corner because I had some sort of turbo lag." On whether, without the problem, he could have given Hamilton a run: "I would have loved to fight until the chequered flag. That is for sure. That I was not able to do that is probably the biggest disappointment. I wanted to put the pressure on him until the ver y last corner." On what he said to Lewis: "I said 'you deser ved it'. It was a hearty situation. He did a little bit a better job than me in the races. Tiny bits that I need to find! He was the best driver on the grid this year – and it was a great battle bet ween us. And that is what I am racing for: for such battles. Of course there have been intense moments bet ween us – but most of the time it was simply fantastic. " On now building motivation for the 2015 season? (Niki Lauda says that the best thing is to get right back into the car to overcome possible self-doubts)... "I will be in the car on Tuesday. Even if right now I have to say that I am not really in the mood for it. But as it is optional, maybe that is a sign that I'm already motivated again deep down inside! But the main feeling is that it's been a long season and I want to exhale before I start to think about the 2015 season." Nico's a class act 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: