Nico Rosberg: “I lost the win in the first corner”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Rosberg reflected on a potential win lost at the Hungaroring on Sunday after a lacklustre start saw him drop behind Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton that ultimately meant the German finished second.

The start was Rosberg’s undoing, as he also temporarily dropped behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo before reclaiming second, but was disappointed not to be able to put in a challenge to his team-mate despite feeling he had a strong car all race long.

“Really, I lost the win in the first corner when I dropped down two positions, so I’m disappointed as I wanted to win the race and was confident I had a strong possibility to do so,” said Rosberg. “It wasn’t the best start from me, so it was good to catch Daniel directly in T1 and get P2 back.

“But behind Lewis it was impossible to overtake on this track. I had great pace in the race, which is very positive – but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the most of it.”

The German is now focused on next weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, and is aiming to claim another home victory after triumphing at the circuit the last time Formula 1 visited there in 2014.

“It’s great that my second home race is coming up so soon,” said Rosberg. “I look forward to Hockenheim and will be pushing flat out to repeat the win from 2014.”