Nico Rosberg was disappointed to finish third in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix after a brake problem cost him second place in the final two laps of the race.
The German driver was forced to fight his way past the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after a poor start saw him drop down to fourth place.
Rosberg eventually rose back up into second place, and appeared to be running comfortably after Vettel was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop due to front wing damage.
However, Raikkonen managed to reel in the Mercedes driver after fitting a set of soft tires for his final stint of the race, before a brake problem on Rosberg’s car allowed the Finn to pass with two laps remaining.
“It was okay, the overtaking was enjoyable,” Rosberg said, looking back on the race. “To overtake the red cars, I like that a lot.
“In the end, I tried to catch Lewis but we were pretty similar, he pulled away a bit at the end. Then I lost my brakes unfortunately two laps from the end. I went straight on so I lost the position to Kimi which is very disappointing.
“I’m happy about our car. The team has done a great job again, I’m very thankful for that. I really look forward to the races that are still to come.”
Despite failing to finish second in Bahrain, Rosberg rose to P2 in the drivers’ championship ahead of Vettel, but now trails his teammate Lewis Hamilton by 27 points at the top of the standings.
Rosberg will be hoping to finally get the upper hand over his teammate at the start of the European season in Spain on May 10.