Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his disappointment after losing yet more ground on Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, but was pleased that Mercedes finally clinched the 2014 constructors’ title in Russia today.
Rosberg locked up his front tires heading into turn two on the first lap as he tried to take the lead, requiring a pit stop to stop the vibrations on his car. This left him down in 20th place after just one lap.
The German driver managed to fight his way back through the order and make his medium compound tires last 52 laps, but said that he had to feel disappointed to have lost to Hamilton once again.
“It was a great strategy from the team,” Rosberg said. “The thing is that our car is just unbelievable. It’s so good.
“Everybody has done such a good job building this car, and that’s why half of me is extremely disappointed that I messed up today.
“But the other half, I’m really really happy because everybody deserves it so much.
“For them, this is the most important title of the year as the constructors’ championship, so that’s why I can smile a bit because I’m happy for everybody to have achieved that.”
The win marks Mercedes’ first ever constructors’ championship victory, and allows both Rosberg and Hamilton to turn their attention to the drivers’ championship battle that rages on.
Our title fighters will renew battle at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas for the United States Grand Prix on November 2nd.