Rosberg confirms anti-roll bar issue
14 April 2013 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has confirmed that a problem with the rear anti-roll bar on his car forced him to retire from this afternoon's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai circuit, with the German returning to his garage on the 21st lap of the race.
Having started from fourth position, Rosberg was left empty-handed for the second time this season, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton claimed a podium finish.
"The race was tough for me today and with my set-up I had an unexpected level of understeer which made it difficult to drive," Rosberg commented. "After my second pit stop, the feeling got worse and I had one front wheel in the air during the corners. The rear anti-roll bar, which influences the balance of the car, had broken so unfortunately we had to retire the car.
"I've had a difficult start to the season with two DNFs. But it's good to have the next race in just seven days time so hopefully we can put this result behind us with a strong weekend in Bahrain. It was great for the team to get another podium today."
Rosberg sits seventh in the championship standings after the first three races of the season, 28 points adrift of Hamilton who is within one race victory of the title lead.