Nico Rosberg felt elated after claiming his second straight Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday following a flawless display at the Red Bull Ring.
The German driver seized the lead of the race from Mercedes teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton at the first corner, and only lost the lead for two laps before pushing on to win by 8.8 seconds.
Rosberg’s efforts were aided by a five second time penalty for Hamilton after the Briton crossed the white line at pit exit, ending his hopes of victory in Austria.
Speaking on the podium after the race, Rosberg put the win down to his fast start, saying that it allowed him to control the race from the front.
“It’s an awesome feeling of course to win again here, very very happy,” Rosberg said.
“The start made the race. It was a great start. Then I managed to defend in the first couple of corners, and then I really just tried to push flat out this time.
“I was really happy with the car and really happy to see the gap open up to Lewis. Really worked out perfectly today.”
Rosberg did struggle with a problem on his front-right tire towards the end of the race, expressing his concern about a vibration he was feeling to the team.
“It was just the vibration picking up on the right front,” Rosberg said. “I was telling them to keep an eye on it. It came from the tire wear and it feels uncomfortable with that, but it stabilized.
“I don’t know if there’s a trend but today was a good day, good pace in the race, car felt good and I could push from the first lap all the way. This year I found what I needed to find in the races and that’s working out a little bit better this year.”
With this win, Rosberg has cut Hamilton’s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship down to just ten points ahead of the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.