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Rosberg wins 200th Grand Prix in Singapore

Sep 192016

Records are meant to be broken. That’s the attitude Nico Rosberg carried into the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix this weekend anyway; boosting to his third successive victory in as many races.

Not only was the glittering night-time street race Rosberg’s 200th Grand Prix, but he also took to the win in epic style, fighting off a charging Daniel Ricciardo by 0.4s in second, and team mate Lewis Hamilton in third.

“It's been an awesome weekend here in Singapore for me, already yesterday with the pole lap and then today, a great start, had a good car in the race,” a delighted Nico told us after the race. “Of course Daniel tried to pull one up on me with the pit stop in the end there. We knew it was going to be tight at the end, but it worked out, so I'm really, really happy. The whole car was on the edge, it always is in Singapore, so it's all the more satisfying with a race like that.

 

“With ten or 15 laps to go, just after the pitstop, the team said he [Ricciardo] would be with me at the end of the race, which was the case, so for sure I had to be on it in that last stint and get everything right and nail all those laps. It really worked out, with the management, all the way to the end. The tyre lasted just right, so I’m very, very happy, of course. By the time I started the last lap I knew it was going to be enough because Daniel’s tyres weren't as fresh any more, so by that time it was OK.”

 

“It really shows that not only do we have the best car but also we have the best, most competent group of engineers, to extract the potential from the best car, from every weekend; changing the car; adapting to the new circuits; because last year we were absolutely nowhere here. We got destroyed by Red Bull and Ferrari and we understood what we did wrong and came back this year and beat them on their strongest track. I look forward to Malaysia now - but first I will definitely celebrate this win tonight!”

 

“A difficult day for sure. At one stage it looked like I might even miss out on the podium but fortunately it didn't work out that way. It was an okay start. I didn't lose any ground, which is a good thing after the last one. But then I was struggling so much after the Safety Car went in. The brakes were near critical temperature for most of the race, so I kept having to back off to cool them down. I then ended up making a mistake and ran wide which let Kimi past.

 

“Fortunately, with the car a bit lighter, I was able to bring the temperatures down, push a bit more on fresh tyres and get back past him in the stops. Pace and strategy weren't the issue - it was all down to the brakes. I was just watching the leaders pull away right from the start, so P2 was the maximum today. If that's the worst weekend of the year, I'll definitely take it. These things are sent to try us and now I'm just looking forward to the next one and a chance to give it another shot. I need a couple of strong weekends to get back to where I need to be. We will keep on pushing. All in all, I am still in the fight there is a long way to go and give it my all. It is not as tough as you think, I don't know why. I have not been in this position before but I have been in a lot worse."

 

The temperature and intensity certainly shows no sign of letting up, as F1 travels further into the hot Far-East for the next race in Malaysia on 2nd of October. Stay tuned.

 


1    Nico Rosberg        Mercedes            1h55m48.950s
2    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        0.488s
3    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            8.038s
4    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                10.219s
5    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                27.694s
6    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        1m11.197s
7    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        1m29.198s
8    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        1m51.062s
9    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        1m51.557s
10    Kevin Magnussen    Renault            1m59.952s
11    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            1 Lap
12    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        1 Lap
13    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari            1 Lap
14    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        1 Lap
15    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            1 Lap
16    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        1 Lap
17    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            1 Lap
18    Esteban Ocon        Manor/Mercedes        2 Laps
-    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda        Collision
-    Valtteri Bottas        Williams/Mercedes        Collision
-    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            Not started
-    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes        Collision

 

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