Nico Rosberg says it was special to win the Monaco Grand Prix for a second time and that the result was just what he needed to break Lewis Hamilton's recent momentum.
Rosberg came into the sixth round in the 2014 F1 World Championship having lost the lead in Spain last time out, after Hamilton took his fourth win in a row.
However after securing pole on Saturday - albeit in controversial circumstances, Rosberg made the most of it, and following a good start, led throughout, although he only pulled ahead in the latter stages when his team-mate was slowed by a vision problem.
The victory puts Rosberg back in the lead in the Drivers' Championship, 4 points up on Hamilton: “It is a very, very special day,” Rosberg said after the podium celebrations. “Lewis drove very well and pushed me really hard. But I kept my cool and in the end managed to pull out a bit of gap.
“This is a really amazing car.”
Asked what it meant in more detail in the post-race press conference, the Mercedes driver added: “It is a special win, definitely. Lewis has had the momentum and the results and everything. I really need to try and break that momentum and I wanted to do that this weekend. Of course, taking the lead in the World Championship and winning here in Monaco is great. All in all a great, great result [for me].”
Meanwhile, Rosberg played down the tension between himself and Hamilton: “We have had discussions and the benefit we have is that we have known each other for so long.
“We will sit down and discuss it and then we will move on. That is what we are doing this weekend also,” he underlined.