Nico Rosberg heads to the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix full of confidence, after winning the first four races of the season in succession, and in dominant fashion to boot.
Having won here at the Montmelo circuit last year, the German has an extra boost of optimism, if it were needed, to get him ready for the upcoming race weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“It’s not something I could have expected – winning the first four races of the year,” said Rosberg. “It’s been a great start but I’m just enjoying the moment and the form I’m in, doing my best to keep it going and hoping I can carry it through to the end of the season.
“Sport is all about ups and downs and being mentally prepared to bounce back stronger when they come. With a season this long you have to just take things race by race. There are 425 points still up for grabs – and anything can happen yet.
“Next up, it’s Barcelona. I got my first pole and win at this circuit last year and I’m connecting really well with the car at the moment, which is great as it gives you this awesome confidence to push the limits. So, I’m excited for the weekend and no doubt a big battle ahead.”
After such a dream start to the season, with everything seemingly falling perfectly into place, the German could be forgiven for pinching himself every now and again. Sooner or later however it could be Rosberg’s turn to face technical problems, it is just the nature of this sport, and it will be interesting to see how well the current championship leader copes when the pressure is on.
Right now though, Rosberg is on the run of his life and with the first few races almost handed to him on a plate, he is not going to give up that lead easily. The German will have the impetus to challenge for the title to the very end, so Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton will almost certainly have a fight on his hands this year, if he is to reclaim the drivers championship for a fourth occasion.