Rosberg had ‘special feeling’ with car en route to European GP victory

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Nico Rosberg has spoken of the “special feeling” he had during Sunday’s European Grand Prix, enjoying such confidence in the Mercedes W07 Hybrid car that he could make no mistakes en route to victory.

Rosberg scored his second career ‘grand slam’ in Baku, scoring pole position, the fastest lap and the race win while leading the entirety of the race.

The result saw Rosberg extend his drivers’ championship lead back to 24 points as teammate Lewis Hamilton could only finish fifth.

“It’s been a great and awesome weekend, really, yeah,” Rosberg said.

“Everything went cleanly from the beginning to the end. And even in the race, it was a special feeling out there in the car because it felt like I could do whatever I wanted the thing would just stick to the line, stick to the ground, there was no risk of making mistakes or anything.

“It felt really, really special and I’m very, very happy. It’s been an awesome result, first time here, I think it’s been a big success.

“The track is exciting, definitely, and a lot of overtaking also today I hear – I think, I’m not sure but I think so – so all in all good.”

Hamilton’s race was hindered by an issue with his engine setting that left him down on power, and while Rosberg encountered a similar problem, he was able to resolve it quickly.

“I think I had the same but I’m not sure,” Rosberg said.

“It was just a matter of getting out of it with the right combination of switches.”