Nico Rosberg made no secret of his relief and delight after dealing with minor problems on his W05 Hybrid car to win today’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The German driver crossed the line less than one second ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, and was forced to fight for the win by the Briton, and also by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
Just as they did in Canada, both cars had a minor problem with their brakes, which the drivers had to manage. For Rosberg, the result was a relief.
“Yeah it wasn’t the easiest of races, trying to manage certain things which were a bit on the limit on the car,” he explained on the podium after the race. “But in the end, yeah, I had a very very fast car again, so it was fantastic to win today.
“It’s great also to get a one-two here in Austria, and it’s been great to come back here to Austria, for sure it deserves a race, and the fans have been amazing, the atmosphere has been spectacular this weekend, so thank you very much for that, and it’s been awesome.”
Rosberg is now looking forward to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which is just a few miles from Mercedes’ F1 factory in Brackley, and he is hoping for a repeat result in two weeks’ time.
“For sure, looking forwards to the net one, home race so will be awesome to do another one-two there, that would be great to give something back to all of our colleagues back in the factory, and I’m looking forward to that.”
With this win, Rosberg has extended his lead in the drivers’ championship to 29 points, and will be doing everything in his power to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row. However, with Hamilton enjoying a partisan crowd, he too will be pushing to claim his second win at Silverstone and reduce the gap at the top of the standings.