Nico Rosberg was left content with his second-place finish in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, ensuring that a top-three finish in the season finale in Abu Dhabi will be enough to clinch a maiden Formula 1 championship.
Rosberg arrived in Brazil capable of securing the drivers’ title with one race to spare, needing victory at Interlagos to pull out an unassailable lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton managed to dominate a wet and wild race at Interlagos, while Rosberg was somewhat fortunate to finish second, having only recovered the place when Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team made a dud strategy call.
“It didn’t go my way today with the win. Lewis just did a great job,” Rosberg said.
“But for sure, it was very difficult conditions out there. I can live with second today for sure.”
Rosberg almost crashed out at one point, losing control at the final sector where the track was at its wettest, but survived the scare.
“That is true, yes, but it worked out fine to stay on track,” Rosberg said when asked if he nearly put his car in the wall.”
A big focus during the race lay on the stewards’ decision to issue a red flag twice and complete a number of laps behind the safety car, but Rosberg was pleased with the calls.
“It was on the limit but in the end yes they got it right,” the German said.
“They did a good job judging it. But it was quite a fine line out there.”
Rosberg heads to Abu Dhabi with a 12-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, meaning that a podium finish will be enough to secure the title for 2016.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on November 27.