Nico Rosberg will head to next weekend’s British Grand Prix with a spring in his step after extending his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship last time out in Austria.
His advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton currently stands at 29 points, but this can grow yet again at Silverstone should Rosberg claim his second straight victory at one of the sport’s most famous circuits.
Last year’s race saw Hamilton lead away from pole position before suffering a tire failure, with four other drivers also suffering from a similar problem. Amid the chaos, Rosberg managed to slot into second place behind runaway leader Sebastian Vettel, only for the Red Bull driver to grind to a halt with eleven laps to go thanks to a gearbox issue.
Rosberg was in line to pick up the pieces and claim his second win of the season, fending off Mark Webber at the line.
“Silverstone is a special one for me, as I managed to win there last season,” he explained. “It was actually very close to my birthday and I had a really cool experience after the race. There’s usually a fan festival with rock bands and all sorts after the track action finishes, which is something I go to almost every year.
“This time, I was up on stage doing a quick interview and the whole crowd started singing Happy Birthday to me, which was very cool! The British fans are absolutely fantastic.”
The British Grand Prix is also one of Mercedes’ two home races this year, with the German marque’s factory being based just a few miles from Silverstone.
“I enjoy going to Silverstone personally, but really this one is all about the team,” Rosberg said. “For the hundreds of people at Brackley and Brixworth it’s a home race and many of them will be there with their families and friends across the weekend.
“I want to put on a good show and get the best result possible out of it for them after all their hard work this season.”
The team effort has not been lost on Rosberg this season, and he has been quick to thank all of the workers at Brackley on the podium after each victory. Should he win at Silverstone – on Hamilton’s home turf – Rosberg would be poised to go into the summer break with a healthy championship lead.