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Nico Rosberg: “This weekend really went really perfectly for me”

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Nico Rosberg continued his perfect start to the 2016 Formula 1 season with a fourth win from four races, and seven victories in a row since the end of last year, after claiming the honours at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS led from start to finish from pole position, and completed his first ever perfect weekend with the fastest lap.

Despite the apparent ease of his victory, Rosberg admitted the technical issues that have affected his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in recent races is worrying the German, but remains confident the team can overcome these issues to ensure reliability for both drivers.

“This weekend really went really perfectly for me,” said Rosberg. “Already in Qualifying I had found a perfect balance and that continued throughout the race, which was fantastic.

“I had a great start and from there was able to control the pace at the front. Thank you so much to everybody at the factories for building such an amazing car. If you have a car like this, you are really able to push to the limits and that’s an awesome feeling.

“Lewis drove really well to come back up to second so quickly, so well done to him too. The only down side to the weekend was to see that reliability is becoming a bit of a concern, as Lewis obviously has a problem yesterday and both cars had issues during the race today.

“But we have a great team behind us and I’m fully confident that we will sort this out. It’s unbelievable to go into the European races with four wins and I really look forward to Barcelona now. Thanks, Russia – you were very good to me!”

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