Belgian GP: Ferrari performance surprises Nico Rosberg

Rosberg added he felt he had the pace to have finished better than fourth, but had compromised himself in qualifying when he was outpaced by team-mate Briton Lewis Hamilton, who took pole, and finished third in the race.

updated: August 25, 2013 21:43 IST
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Spa Francorchamps: Nico Rosberg admitted he and Mercedes had been surprised by Ferrari's superior pace in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old German said he had expected Mercedes to be slower than Red Bull, but not the Italians - whose Spanish driver Fernando Alonso finished second behind three-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"We expected to be a little slower than Red Bull, but we didn't expect Ferrari to be quicker than us," said Rosberg.

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