Rosberg throws down the gauntlet to Ferrari


SEPANG: Bring them on! That’s the battle cry from Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg to Ferrari after his team were beaten at the Petronas Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

German Sebastian Vettel completed the 310.408km race in 1’41:05.793 to secure Ferrari’s first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was 8.569 seconds adrift in second place while Rosberg finished third in 1’41:18.103.

“All I can say on behalf of my team is ‘game on Ferrari. Bring them on’,” said Rosberg after the race.

“I am not sure about exact details of our strategy as it was complex out there. I am sure we did a good job. But congratulations to Sebastian. Ferrari did a good job out there. They deserved the win. We’ll be back for the next race in China (on April 12),” added the German.

Last season, Mercedes were the dominant force with Rosberg and Hamilton fighting for the drivers’ title. Hamilton eventually emerged champion while Mercedes bagged the constructors’ crown.

In the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton emerged champion with Rosberg second.

Rosberg believes that having Ferrari back in the title mix will be good for the sport.

The 29-year-old Rosberg has now set his sights on claiming his first win of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

“China is a great track for me, so I look forward to that. Of course, we are going there for the win. Definitely, yes, I’ll be pushing Hamilton hard, that’s for sure,’ he added.

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