Nico Rosberg admitted his surprise to find himself leading the Monaco Grand Prix after his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton pitted under the safety car.
The German made it a hat trick of Monaco wins on Sunday, and also secured two consecutive Formula 1 victories for the first time in his career, but Rosberg revealed it was a lucky result for him.
“That was my luckiest experience in racing so far,” revealed Rosberg. “What a crazy race. I was surprised when I saw no one else behind the safety car than me. I didn’t know what was happening in that moment. But I concentrated on getting temperature into the tyres as they felt like ice.
“Until the safety car Lewis has done a perfect job, he was better than me over the weekend, so he definitely deserved the win. I know how horrible he must feel now.”
Despite his victory, Rosberg knows he will have to up his game if he is to match or beat his team-mate in the next round in Canada, but overall was happy to leave Monaco with the twenty-five points in the bag.
“This weekend was a warning for me that I have to work even harder for the next race in Montreal,” said Rosberg. “For sure I also feel happy to win again here in Monaco.
“It’s always so special, and one part of me will celebrate that victory today. A win is a win.”