Nico Rosberg made no secret of his delight after claiming his fifth consecutive Formula 1 victory in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, capping off what he called an “almost perfect” weekend.
Rosberg made a good start from second place on the grid to beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the run down to Turn 1 and seize the lead.
As Hamilton got tangled up with Valtteri Bottas behind and dropped back, Rosberg was able to forge a crucial lead early on that would propel him to his 16th grand prix victory and fifth in succession.
“Wow, what a weekend! I am so happy with how everything is working out at the moment,” Rosberg said after the race.
“The start was definitely the key to my win – and that was a really great moment, as it was an area that we put a lot effort into before the race. Leading into Turn 1 was a relief, to be honest, as I could see in my mirrors that it was very busy behind me.
“But from then on I was able to control the pace and take the win. Strategy-wise we had to play it safe. It maybe wasn’t the quickest option – but we had to cover the risk of a safety car.
“It was an almost perfect weekend for me – only qualifying could have been a fraction better.”
Rosberg sits at the top of the drivers’ championship with two wins from two races, leading Hamilton by 17 points after the Briton could only recover to third in Bahrain.
“What a great start to the season – a big thank you to the guys and girls at the factories for this amazing car!” Rosberg said.
“Now I look forward to China, where I won my first ever grand prix, so I have plenty of positive energy heading there.”
The Chinese Grand Prix takes place on April 17 at the Shanghai International Circuit.