Nico Rosberg managed to recover to second place after a difficult race in Shanghai which saw his pit wall lose telemetry even before the start.
That contributed to a bad getaway that saw him drop to seventh. He also survived first corner contact with Valtteri Bottas, after which he had to fight his way back up. He now has 79 points to the 75 of Lewis Hamilton.
“I’m definitely in the lead and that’s good,” said Rosberg. “Especially considering that the whole weekend was really, really bad for me. It went completely wrong in so many different respects. Also, in the race we had no telemetry so there was no communication between the car and the pits, so they had no idea what was going on on track, and that’s why the start was also so bad, and a lot of things came together. So I’m pleased with second and I just look forward to a normal weekend again in Barcelona, full attack again.”
Regarding his drive through the field he said: “It’s really a pleasure to drive this car at the moment. It’s incredible the car that the team has built – fantastic. So thanks to the whole team. And Mercedes. This thing is so quick. It really increases the enjoyment level even further.
“Setup-wise it was a good team effort this weekend. Because it’s a very unique track here with the understeer being the main problem and the front-left tyre, so you really have to change everything, adapt to the needs of the track and we did well as a team. It wasn’t perfect in the race but it was definitely pretty good.”
Rosberg admitted that the telemetry issue was frustrating, especially as he had to give the team fuel consumption information from his dashboard.
“My telemetry failed, so I was completely on my own out there. The team doesn’t see any information from the car. So I had to do all the things on my own out there and, for example, it was then telling the team what my fuel level is so that they could judge if I was using too much fuel or if I’m safe – and I had to do that in Turn 1, and Turn 1 is a difficult corner anyways, so I didn’t enjoy that point.”