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Post-race press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2

Post-race FIA press conference from Shanghai in China with Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Frederique Ferret – L'Equipe).
Nico, you said you wanted to win with Mercedes, now you have done so, just like Fangio and Stirling Moss. What does that mean to you?

Nico Rosberg:
Ah, it's definitely very special, the whole thing, firstly just to win the race, to win my first race is special and everything that comes with it, with the Silver Arrows, with the team that I have, with everybody who has been working together for more than two years now. Yeah, it's a very happy moment.

Q: (Yan Xiao Yan -Titan Sports) It's your seventh year in Formula One; do you think that the champagne has come to you too late?

Nico Rosberg:
No, I'm not going to say that, no. But I look forward to many more in the future, definitely.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Nico, you said that you have had incredible car development from the last race to this one. Can you give us some details? Is it mechanical, set-up? What exactly explains this?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, it's set-up really, really thinking about what's going on in the race and why are we struggling and trying to improve that situation. Surely the conditions helped us today, I think, but even so, we're just moving forward and that's very nice to see. Already from the beginning of the year we've been very strong in qualifying, perhaps more difficult in the race. Now we're still strong in qualifying – very strong, maybe even stronger – and also improving the race, so it's good progress forward and I'm sure that we will continue this ongoing development. It was mainly set-up.

Q: (Frederique Ferret – L'Equipe).
Jenson, you had to wait some time to win for the first time; do you think that Nico can take the same path as you?

Jenson Button:
We were talking on the podium and yeah, he beat me by two races. I took113 and he's on 111. It's amazing how, with some people, it can happen very quickly if you can find yourself in the right situation. For others it takes a little bit more time. Which way would you chose? We'd all chose to win immediately, I think. I wouldn't chose my career path and the mistakes that I've made and obviously the good things that have happened in my career – it's just different for all of us. I'm sure that this won't be Nico's first and last win. They – the team - seem very competitive this year and Nico obviously hasn't put a foot wrong all weekend. So I think we're going to have a battle on our hands this year which is good to see.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Nico, when did you make the decision to stop only twice, and when were you sure it was the right strategy?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, I think we're very strong on strategy – just great people involved with that as well. We have a lot of competence in the team which is fantastic. Before the race, that was our plan. Of course you have Plan B if things don't go well but things progressed exactly as we had hoped for. The tyres lasted for exactly the amount of laps that we were hoping for so it just all went to plan.

Q: (News Time – Yan Peng).
Nico, who will you make the first phone call to? Your Dad or (girlfriend) Vivian?

Nico Rosberg:
I don't know. I will see.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Jenson, if you had come out in front of the train without the problem at the last pit stop, do you think you could have caught Nico? I think your tyres were five laps younger.

Jenson Button:
That was obviously the aim but you never know if that's going to be possible. It was a big gap to chase down but before the stop, we had very good pace on new and old tyres so I don't know. That was our aim but it didn't go to plan, but we had a problem at the pit stop which cost us a lot of time – it didn't just cost us time, it cost us places as well, so it made it very difficult to have the possibility to chase down Nico. But that's the way it is. Sometimes it doesn't quite go your way but I must say that most of the pit stops that we've had this weekend have been fantastic. We've just got to get rid of that bad one.


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