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GP Week : Issue 40
>>F1MALAYSIA Rosberg points to the positives NICO Rosberg has said that he is hugely enthused by his performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix, despite falling from the lead to an eventual eighth place in the insanity of the twilight rainstorms. Rosberg had led the opening part of the race with ease, but stated that the BrawnGP cars were still a cut above the rest. “The Brawns were a bit quicker as we expected, and then the weather came down and it was just very difficult conditions. I was out there with the wrong tyres so often. It was really difficult to take the right decisions so in the end it’s a bit of a disappointing result but still seventh place, or is it eighth, is still points and that’s important and we have a consistently quick car, so we’ll be doing good in the next few races. “I was out on the wrong tyres most of the time but I think everyone was too. I was on full wets in the dry which was very difficult because as soon as it started raining a little bit the tyres can’t take any water at all, then I went to inters, which worked out well until it started tipping down. I went to full wets m then, until it started tipping down so much that even on the full wets you couldn’t drive.” Rosberg said that leading the Grand Prix had provided him with little worry, as it was one of his strengths as a racing driver to be able to push in clean air and consistently improve. “It’s one of my strengths. The car is going well and trying to push every lap, every lap the same, a little bit quicker every lap, it’s one of my strengths so it was going very well and I was able to beat [Jarno] Trulli fair and square even though he was on a better strategy to me, so it was really cool.” Rosberg remained cautious over the ultimate pace of his Williams car, however, wary that the teams with which they are competing will be aiming for constant improvements over the coming races. “We need to be careful as I think we are about the fourth best team at the moment. Red Bull is ever so slightly ahead of us at the moment I think so we need to be careful and it’s all about development this year. But we’re right up there which is a very nice thing.” Raikkonen: It wasn’t my choice KIMI Raikkonen is annoyed at Ferraris’ ludicrous decision to send him out on full wet tyres long before the torrential rainstorms which eventually cut short the Malaysia Grand Prix arrived. “We took completely the wrong tyres,”he told the press after the race. “It was not my choice ...”he added, glumly. “I think we had some issue with KERS but the race was stopped and the car was running until the race was stopped.” Raikkonen was not to be seen on the grid while his rivals awaited a decision on whether the race would restart. He confirmed that, to his mind, the decision to stop the race had been the right one. “I mean you couldn’t see anything any more and probably nobody would have stayed on the circuit and at that moment it was probably the right decision because you’d only drive in second gear and there was too much water.” The Finn was seen in shorts and a shirt, eating ice cream long before the decision was taken to cut short the Grand Prix, but he insisted that it had not been his choice. “I don’t know, you need to ask the team,”he said when asked if he would have taken the restart. “It’s not my choice.” 33