Nico Rosberg has been quick to congratulate teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton for his victory in the Japanese Grand Prix today, saying that he deserved to win at Suzuka.
On a day overshadowed by Jules Bianchi’s accident and subsequent severe head injuries, Hamilton managed to beat Rosberg in the wet to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to ten points.
Rosberg had started the race from pole position, but was passed by Hamilton after the first round of pit stops when he began to struggle with oversteer and tire wear.
“Today was a really tough race with the wet conditions,” Rosberg explained on Sunday evening in Suzuka. “I struggled a lot with the balance of my car on the intermediate tires, so I had to push hard to keep Lewis behind me. I had a lot of oversteering which is why the rear end of my car was very nervous.
“That was really strange and I didn’t have the necessary confidence in the corners. We need to look into that in the next few days.
“It meant that Lewis was quicker today and deserved the win. It was damage limitation with losing only seven points to him. For the team it was a good result with another 1-2.”
Rosberg was quick to send his thoughts to Bianchi, who was transferred to hospital unconscious following his accident at the end of today’s race.
“My thoughts are with our colleague Jules and his family and teammates,” Rosberg said. “We are hoping for some positive news.”
With yet another one-two finish, Mercedes looks set to clinch its first ever constructors’ championship at next weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.