NICO NEEDS TO VENT: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg says he has a hard time hiding his emotions. Image: AP / Mark Schiefelbein
BERLIN, Germany - Nico Rosberg admits he could not hide his bad mood at the Bahrain GP.
A poor qualifying session left him six tenths behind team mate Lewis Hamilton but Rosberg appeared to have returned to top form on Sunday (April 19) with a fighting race punctuated by overtaking Ferrari rivals.
Ultimately, however, he finished third due to a brake problem, when Kimi Raikkonen passed him.
'IT'S JUST WHO I AM'
Rosberg wrote in a column for Bild newspaper: "I can't buy much with third place.
"I don't even care if it's Kimi or Seb (Vettel) overtaking me and the distance to Lewis in the world championship has unfortunately also grown. Fortunately, the season is still very long."
His body language on the podium was obvious and Rosberg does not even deny his foul mood.
Hhe admitted: "I can't always hide my disappointment. Maybe I'm just not a good actor. It's just who I am."
Rosberg says he returned to his home in Monaco: "I flew home immediately and was there the next morning. When I saw my wife - who is now almost one-and-a-half women - the frustration was gone.
"Thank God Vivian is now much better after the first few months of pregnancy when she was constantly sick.
"Now I want to be home for a while before Barcelona...catching up on some sleep to recover from the long journeys at the start of the season."
Finally, Rosberg denied reports that Hamilton's new contract might be delayed because the Mercedes driver is demanding clear "number 1" status.
He is quoted by F1's official website: "That will not happen. In my contract it is written that the team follows a philosophy of two completely equal drivers."
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