HUNGARORING, 27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - Nico Rosberg was the pole man for the Hungarian Grand Prix but finished the race down in fourth, one place behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton.
After qualifying, it looked as though Rosberg would be able to fend off his title rival as the Briton was forced to start from the pit lane.
However, changing weather conditions and tyre temperaments affected the overall outcome of the race dropping the championship advantage to just 11 points.
“That was a disappointing afternoon”, he confirmed post-race," A few things didn’t work out for me it was a very up and down race."
Whilst the track dried and two safety cars were deployed, the German was left unable to pit costing him a potential podium finish.
Struggling with grip, the 29 year-old battled throughout the seventy lap race to keep his Mercedes challenger on the Hungarian tarmac.
“In the beginning it was all under control. Unfortunately, the safety car cost me the lead, because I just missed the pit entry and then I couldn’t pit," he explained, noting Marcus Ericsson’s crash early on in the race.
“I also had braking issues after the safety car went in and a difficult period of time with handling this, which cost me some positions."
Keeping competitive right to the chequered flag, the championship leader was within touching distance of a 17th career podium - the top seven drivers were separated by just one second.
“I had a great last stint and at the end there was one chance to overtake Lewis in the last lap, but it didn’t work out," he admitted.
Despite losing the top two places to both Renault and Ferrari powered competitors, Rosberg remained assured that the seemingly superior pace of the Mercedes was not compromised during the race.
Controversially, Hamilton was asked by team engineers to let Rosberg pass but the Briton did not yield, delaying the German’s pit stop. Remaining calm, he did not touch on the subject of team orders, instead focusing learning from their mistakes today.
“I’m still leading the championship, which is a positive thing, and I’ll be ready to attack again after the summer break”.
Spa-Francorchamps will host the next round of the championship in August. The title leader is yet to podium at the historic Belgian circuit.