Rosberg hails British Grand Prix victory “very special”
Nico Rosberg has shared his delight at taking victory in this afternoon’s British Grand Prix. The German managed to stay out of trouble and control the lead in the final stages despite pressure from Mark Webber to win the race. It was a day of contrasting fortunes for team-mate Lewis Hamilton who suffered a puncture early on before recovering to fourth place.
Rosberg inherited the lead from Vettel after the Red Bull suffered a gearbox issue. However he showed strong form throughout and proved that Mercedes have made steps forward in their race pace.
Speaking in a team statement after the race, Rosberg shared his reaction on the win: “This is a great moment for me and our team to win in the home of motor racing at Silverstone. We have such great momentum in our Silver Arrows team and I’m very proud to be part of it. This win is for every single person who has been involved in building our car.”
He admitted that it was a “shame” for his team-mate in front of his home crowd but that he also suffered problems, adding: “I had also a problem with my tyre but I was lucky because of the Safety Car.” He revealed that the race was exciting and he is now looking ahead to the German Grand Prix with confidence: “The race was really exciting. I had to manage the tyres really carefully, I was told to avoid the kerbs. At the end, it was difficult to hold Mark and to look after my tyres but I was able to keep the position, and take a great victory for us. Now we can look forward to another home race next weekend at the Nürburgring.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton led into turn one and through the first few laps before a puncture dropped him down the field. He fought hard to recover but just missed out on a podium: “Of course, I’m disappointed by today’s race and I would have loved to deliver the win this afternoon for all the British fans here at Silverstone. The race started so well for us today; I felt comfortable out in front and was managing my pace. The tyre problem was such a shame and from then, it was just a case of giving it my all and battling as far up the field as possible.”
Despite the disappointment, he felt that fourth was a good position after his troubles: “Everything considered, fourth place is pretty good after having been last on lap 10 and we’ll take that. We’ve now moved up to second place in the Constructors’ Championship which is a nice reward for everyone at the factories just down the road from here.”
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