Bittersweet afternoon for Mercedes drivers

Bittersweet afternoon for Mercedes drivers

27 May 2012 – Mercedes may have collected 18 points in Monaco, as Nico Rosberg finished a close second to winner Mark Webber, but it was a day of mixed emotions for the Brackley-based team. First hit by Romain Grosjean for the second time this season, Michael Schumacher then had to retire as a fuel pressure problem developed.

“It's a fantastic feeling to be on the podium at my home race in Monaco today, in front of all my family and friends,” Rosberg began. “The team have done a really good job this weekend to get the car working so well. Although we thought this track would suit our car, it's been better than we expected. I had a clean start but Mark drove a very controlled race today.

Rosberg joins Mark Webber, Adrian Newey and Fernando Alonso on the famed podium
“I could keep in touch with him but we all know how difficult it is to overtake around the streets here and there just wasn't a way past. Still, I'm more than happy with second place and it's great to get another podium for the boys here and everyone back at Brackley and Brixworth. I can't wait to get to Canada now and keep the momentum going.”

Schumacher allowed a number of rivals through before retiring from the race in the pit lane. The disappointment followed his recording of the fastest time in qualifying.

“What can I say?” he said. “It was simply a pity to end the race in this way. In any case, the fuel pressure problem had nothing to do with the incident at the start, but it made it doubly disappointing because I had secretly been hoping for a podium finish today. I will take the boost from the high points of this weekend with me to Canada. The track should suit us and I'm hoping to have a normal, clean race.”

Rosberg sits fifth in the championship, but Schumacher has scored only two points after six races. For constructors’ honours, Mercedes is also placed inside the top five.

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