The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and driver Nico Rosberg had to settle for a “decent” performance at the Canadian Grand Prix, with the German driver getting a sixth-place finish in a race that saw the seventh different winner in the first seven races of the 2012 F1 season—McLaren-Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher, who was hoping for a better result in this race which he has won 7 times, started at ninth on the grid but had to retire after 43 laps because of hydraulic problems that ended up with his car’s DRS getting stuck.
“Sixth place is a decent result today and it’s important for both me and the team to keep scoring points for the championship and maintain our consistency,” Rosberg said. “It was a mixed-up race and it was difficult to find a rhythm, particularly at the start, but by the end, the gap to the leading cars was not that big.”
Beside Hamilton, who has now taken the lead in the drivers’ championship standings, on the podium was Romain Grosjean of Lotus and Sergio Perez of Sauber. Rosberg is still at fifth in the standings with 67 points, 21 behind Hamilton.