Rosberg grateful despite 'costly' grid penalty


Nico Rosberg was quick to praise the work of his Mercedes team despite being forced to settle for seventh place on the grid for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

The championship leader finished second behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's final, rain-interrupted qualifying session, but was carrying a five-place grid penalty after his gearbox had to be replaced following a crash in the last practice session.

Hamilton will be confident of narrowing the 24-point gap between himself and his team-mate with victory at the Red Bull Ring, but Rosberg remained upbeat.

"First of all, I just have to say it's a really unbelievable job from everybody," he said.

"Even Lewis's mechanics came over to my car to try and get it out on time, so it was a huge team effort.

"It was unbelievable how quick it dried. 

"I think Lewis did a very good job at the end. 

"The five places will be very costly for tomorrow unfortunately, but I'll make the best out of it."

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) will start from second on the grid after being warned for speeding during yellow flags, while McLaren's Jenson Button is set to go off in third and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) fourth.

Sebastian Vettel was another driver to be hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gear-box change, so despite being fourth-quickest in qualifying, the German will start from ninth.