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GP Week : Issue 200
Once Nico Rosberg discovered he had no car-pit telemetry on the rolling lap, there was never going to be any repeat of Bahrain’s dramatic contest within the Mercedes boys. Without a proper clutch pre -set, Nico was slow away, and spent most of the race picking his way back to second, while additionally providing manual fuel-readouts to the pit wall. In Nico’s case, it quite a mentally testing race, and he looked a little drained afterwards: " T hat was not a perfect weekend for me. Too many things went wrong, beginning with a technical problem and a less than perfect job from me in qualifying. Today I didn't have any telemetry, so there was no communication from the car to the pits. My engineers couldn't see what was going on in my car and therefore they couldn't set up my clutch for the start. The clutch was completely on the wrong place, which is why I had a really bad start. “I had some contact with Bottas in Turn 1 and I thought that was it. Luckily my car wasn't damaged and in the following laps the pace in the car seemed good, which meant I was able to climb some positions. To finish second in the end, on a weekend of damage limitation, is great. I collected some important points again, which makes me happy.” While he heads to Europe with the points lead, Nico faces some soul-searching. Not his team - mate: “T his car is just unbelievable; in the final laps, I was pushing a little bit more to keep up the tyre temperatures and it just felt great to drive. I'm so, so happy today. We had to make a lot of changes after P2 in terms of the set-up of the car but after it rained on Saturday, we didn't know exactly how it would go today. There was a lot of hard work done, sitting down with the engineers so that we didn't guess anything and just made the right steps in anticipation for today. “ We are definitely on a roll right now; I'm working hard, the team is working hard and we just want to improve even further when we get back to Europe." Lewis turns the screws Nico slices past Vettel at the end of the straight as he recovers to second. 38 GPWEEK.com // 38 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: