Nico Rosberg: “Giving up is not an option”

Nico Rosberg was disappointed to see his championship chances take a big hit when he was forced to drop out of a podium place during the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza with an engine failure, but the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver insists he will not be throwing in the towel.

Rosberg was using an engine that was racing its sixth event of 2015 in Italy after the upgraded engine he used during practice was replaced following an issue, but it was an event too far for it, and the German admitted the retirement ‘hurt’.

“This weekend was very tough for me,” said Rosberg. “There were just too many problems with my car which made it impossible to fight for the win.

“It hurts a lot when you have to retire with just two or three laps to go. A few corners earlier, I felt already that I had lost some power but was still hoping I could make it.”

Rosberg reflected that the Monza result was not was he was hoping for with the German driver being in contention for the championship, but insisted that he will keep pushing and attempt to turn his season around.

“Today was a massive step in the wrong direction for me in the Championship – but to complain doesn’t help in these situations,” said Rosberg. “I just need to keep pushing and come back even stronger. Giving up is not an option for me.

“I will push hard to turn things in the right direction – starting in Singapore, which is one of my favourite races. I’m looking forward to it already.”