Nico Rosberg was delighted after achieving his first F1 win in China today, although he conceded that the last third of the race felt 'as long as if I was racing in the Le Mans 24 hours'.
Rosberg, who celebrated his maiden F1 pole position yesterday, put in a commanding drive at the Shanghai International Circuit, venue for the third round in the F1 2012 World Championship, and he eventually took the honours by just over 20 seconds.
It was a joyous result for the German, coming on his 111th F1 start, and all the more special as it was the first win for Mercedes in the 'modern era'. The last time a works Silver Arrow won was way back in 1955 at the Italian Grand Prix - 25,671 days ago!
“This is a very special moment for me. The whole weekend went perfectly. My first pole position, now my first win in F1 - it really is fantastic. But it's not only this; it's the first win for the new Silver Arrow and for this great team. That is really special for me,” Rosberg reflected.
“Thanks to everybody in the team, here in China and in our factories in Brackley and Brixworth.
“It makes me very proud that we have improved the car so quickly. I will never forget this race, and the last 20 laps felt as long as if I was racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours! But then crossing the line was so intense.”
Despite his success though, the 26-year-old is not getting too carried away: “We will enjoy this success, but our feet are still on the ground,” he added.
“We are still not where we want to be, we are still working hard to understand the car and the tyres in all conditions, and we will keep pushing to improve our race pace even further. We will see how that works out in Bahrain next weekend,” Rosberg summed-up.