Nico Rosberg has no explanation for his upturn in form towards the end of the 2015 Formula 1 season, but was delighted to pick up his fifth win in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Rosberg failed to put up much of a fight to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for this year’s drivers’ championship as the Briton wrapped up the title with three races to spare in Austin last month.
However, Rosberg has enjoyed a rapid improvement in fortunes since then, taking the last five pole positions heading into the race at Interlagos.
Rosberg controlled proceedings from start to finish, only losing the lead for three laps through the pit stops before crossing the line 7.7 seconds clear of Hamilton in second place.
The result secured back-to-back victories for Rosberg following his success in Mexico, and also marked his second straight win in Brazil.
Speaking on the podium, Rosberg was delighted to have dominated the race in such fashion, but spared a thought for the victims of the Paris terrorist attack on Friday.
“It’s been a great weekend for me here,” Rosberg said. “Of course everything is relative with what happened back in Paris, but still yeah, very, very happy.
“It went perfectly. Lewis put up a good challenge but I was able to control it and never give him a chance.”
Rosberg saw his lead drop to as little as 0.3 seconds in the early stages of the race, but the German insisted that he was always in control and only eased off at points to save his tires.
“No, no issues, just controlling the pace, never over-doing it, to not risk making a mistake and to not risk having too much degradation,” he said.
“We saw Lewis dropping off a lot with degradation in the second stint. Back in front, it was important to take care of the tires.”
When told by ex-F1 driver and podium interviewer Martin Brundle that he needed to produce this form earlier in the season, Rosberg wryly responded: “Thank you very much for that piece of advice…
“I’m pushing now as I was pushing at the beginning of the season. I don’t have an exact explanation for why it’s going so strongly now, but I’ll just keep it going.”
Victory in Brazil also secured Rosberg second place in the drivers’ championship for 2015, pulling him 31 points clear of Sebastian Vettel with 25 remaining in Abu Dhabi.