Whilst teammate Lewis Hamilton ran strongly to finish 3rd in China, last year’s winner Nico Rosberg was forced to retire after a disastrous race.
A mistake in qualifying yesterday cost Rosberg a place on the front row, and off the start he fell behind Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean. The Mercedes driver failed to keep up with the leaders, falling even further back as Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg ran well on the medium tires.
Rosberg suffered a puncture after his second stop, meaning that he had to return to the pits just one lap later. However, he soon made it three stops in three laps, but this time the Mercedes did not leave the pits, instead being reversed into the garage. When asked about his car troubles, Rosberg admitted that he was unsure what the cause of his retirement was.
“The front wheel started bouncing on the front corner. I don’t know the reason for that,” Rosberg explained.
He also spoke about his race pace, giving a reason for his failure to keep up with Hamilton in the early stages of the grand prix.
“I had a lot of understeer out there from the start. After the pit stop it got worse.”
Mercedes will be pleased to have secured a second podium in three races, and this marks the first time the team has scored back-to-back podiums since the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix.