Nico Rosberg: “That was a perfect race for me”


Nico Rosberg secured his fourth consecutive race victory after taking the chequered flag first in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, and felt it had been a perfect race for the German driver.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver initially lost ground to the Scuderia Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the start at Albert Park, but once the latter was out of the way he was able to concentrate on the former, and ultimately chose the perfect strategy to secure his fifteenth career victory.

Rosberg will head into the Bahrain Grand Prix next month looking to make it five in a row, and expects some more battles between himself, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton and the Ferrari pairing this season.

That was a perfect race for me,” insisted Rosberg. “The start was tricky, as I was on the dirty side of the grid and Vettel managed to be ahead.

“He did a really good job at the start – but we chose the perfect strategy by going onto the medium tyre after the red flag. A big thanks to the team on the pit wall for that, to everyone back at the factories for this fantastic car and to everyone back in Europe who woke up so early to tune in for the race. I hope it was a good show for you!

“We can enjoy this moment for sure – but we know now just how strong those red cars will be this season, so we cannot afford to relax. I’m really looking forward to the next races and hopefully some more exciting battles.”