Rosberg triumphs in Shanghai

Rosberg triumphs in Shanghai

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 16:21

Nico Rosberg sailed to his 17th career victory with a spectacular win at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Dominating the 56-lap race from pole, Rosberg “did a flawless job”, said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. However, it was a difficult weekend for teammate Lewis Hamilton, who staged a great recovery drive to finish in 7th place.

Rosberg: “Now I look forward to Russia”

“I’ve never had a better balance in my car than I had today,” said Rosberg, commenting on his third consecutive victory of the season. “But it’s a very long year ahead and there are a lot of points still on the table, so I’m not losing my focus. Now I look forward to Russia, where I started my good run of qualifying results last year. Hopefully I can get on a nice run like that again.”

Hamilton: “It was always going to be a battle”

Hamilton meanwhile faced unfortunate circumstances from the outset. “It was always going to be a battle,” he admitted, after problems during qualifying saw him start from the back of the grid. Undeterred, he produced a battling drive to finish P7 – despite incurring significant damage to his car in a first lap incident.

“That was definitely a difficult weekend”, he remarked. “I got a good start – but it’s always tricky being at the back and trying not to get caught up in the domino effect of any contact at the first corner. I tried to avoid whatever happened in front of me but I just got tangled up in it”.

“I had a lot of fun fighting back through! There were plenty of overtakes, from what I can remember! I gave it everything I had and P7 was about the limit.”

Wolff: “There is no margin to relax”

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, congratulated Rosberg on a flawless performance, saying: “Nico enjoyed the perfect weekend: he was totally dominant this afternoon, always in control of his performance and did really a flawless job.”

“For Lewis, the circumstances couldn’t have been more different,” he continued. “He put in a great recovery drive and pulled off some great overtakes – but the damage to the car meant the tyres didn’t last as long as we had hoped and made it hard to catch cars through Turn 13 before the back straight. He still did a great job and kept charging to the end – but it was damage limitation again for him this afternoon.”

Looking ahead, Wolff concluded: “We are just three races into the longest season in Formula One history, so this isn’t the time to be looking at Championship tables or points gaps. We just need to keep scoring points right now, continue to work on our reliability after some wobbles this weekend and keep working very hard to bring more performance to the car and Power Unit. Today looked like it could have been a three-way fight with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull if our rivals had a cleaner race – so there is no margin for us to relax.”

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS currently lead Ferrari by 53 points in the Constructors’ Championship, while Rosberg tops the Drivers’ Championship by 36 points from Hamilton in P2.

Round four of the 2016 season heads to the Sochi International Street Circuit, where the Russian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 1 May.

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