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Nico Rosberg: “It was a perfect weekend for me”

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Nico Rosberg secured his fifth victory of 2015 and his second consecutive Brazilian Grand Prix with a lights-to-flag triumph ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.

The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS driver converted his pole position into his thirteenth career victory of his career, and felt his weekend at Interlagos was perfect, praising his team for the decision to switch to an alternative strategy after seeing excessive tyre wear on his team-mates car.

“I’m so happy with that one – especially at this great circuit with all this history, which makes it extra fun,” said Rosberg. “It was a perfect weekend for me.

“I was able to control the race the whole time and won with a comfortable margin to Lewis in the end. The team made a good decision to switch to a three-stop race as we saw that Lewis’ tyres went off very quickly.

“I look forward now to Abu Dhabi where I’ll be pushing to end the season on a high.”

Rosberg confirmed his status as runner-up in the championship for the second year in a row with his victory, but admitted it was a hallow result as his main aim was to take the championship.

“It’s good to have secured P2 in the Championship in front of Sebastian [Vettel] today – but that’s never really been my ambition,” admitted Rosberg. “I want to be first, so I need to raise my game as this year it wasn’t high enough.”

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