Rosberg on a roll in Bahrain

Rosberg on a roll in Bahrain

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 16:20

Nico Rosberg drove to a thrilling victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir while Lewis Hamilton secured a double podium in third.

Rosberg: “The start was definitely the key to my win.”

After the race he said: “Wow, what a weekend! I am so happy with how everything is working out at the moment. The start was definitely the key to my win – and that was a really great moment, as it was an area that we put a lot effort into before the race. Leading into Turn One was a relief, to be honest, as I could see in my mirrors that it was very busy behind me. But from then on I was able to control the pace and take the win.”

Hamilton: “It was good damage limitation.”

Hamilton meanwhile suffered a poor start off the line and found himself in P7 at the end of the first lap. Despite being hit by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas at Turn One, which caused significant damage to the car’s front wing and floor, he fought his way back to the podium with a spectacular comeback drive.

He remarked: “If you start on pole and go backwards it quickly becomes a domino effect. It’s so easy to get clipped from there and unfortunately that’s what happened at Turn One. Nonetheless, I managed to climb back up there and at least get some points, so again it was good damage limitation.”

Wolff: “We are taking our opportunities when they come.”

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, congratulated Rosberg on another great win, saying: “Congratulations to Nico first of all. He’s on a roll right now, with five race wins in a row, and he didn’t put a foot wrong today – a clean start, clean turn one and then the race was his to control.”

Reflecting on Hamilton’s race he added: “He got a poor getaway again – and we saw up and down the field that the new rules are causing much more variability in the starts, which was the intention.”

“After that, he got hit by Bottas at the first corner in a pretty over-optimistic move, which damaged the car pretty badly on the front wing and the floor – it cost a good chunk of overall performance. From then on, it was about damage limitation and trying to get back through the field, even with a damaged car; Lewis did a great job at that. But it was clear in the middle of the race that he didn’t have the pace to challenge Raikkonen, so then we just played it safe and brought everything home.”

He concluded: “We’re just two rounds into a season of 21 races, so there are no trends to find in the results right now; as a team, we’re pleased to have made this strong start to the year, and that we are taking our opportunities when they come.”

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS currently lead Ferrari by 50 points in the Constructors’ Championship with a total of 83 points. Round three of the 2016 season heads to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday 17 April.

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