Nico Rosberg made no secret of his frustration after a difficult Canadian Grand Prix weekend that saw his Formula 1 drivers’ championship lead fall to just nine points.
Rosberg was forced wide at the first corner by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, causing him to drop to 10th at the end of the first lap after taking to the grass.
“I was massively pissed off in the moment,” Rosberg admitted after the race.
“In the end it’s just racing on the edge, tough racing and that’s it. I gave it a go around the outside in Barcelona and it worked out. Today it didn’t work out and that’s it.
“Of course very, very frustrating, but it’s my job to make sure I’m ahead after a battle like that. It didn’t work out today.”
Rosberg fought his way back into contention for a podium finish, only for a puncture to force him into a second pit stop.
Having burned more fuel than planned during his fightback, Rosberg was hamstrung in the closing stages when he tried to recover fourth from Max Verstappen, spinning in the process on the penultimate lap.
“I was really low on fuel because of battling all the way through and always having to overtake,” Rosberg said.
“It was difficult to understand how low. I knew the number was massively red and I didn’t know if I’d get to the end of the race.
“I did a huge lift and coast lap in the end with Kimi [Raikkonen] just to try and keep it over the start-finish line.
“That was the big problem with Max. I could only launch a couple of attacks. Every time I launched an attack, he defended very well and I needed to back off again to save fuel.
“The whole race was so complicated with a lot of things. I had the puncture as well which cost me a podium, I’m quite sure.
“A very frustrating day.”