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F1 German Grand Prix: Rosberg surprised by gap to Williams

Nico Rosberg admitted he was surprised to win the German Grand Prix so easily and not be challenged more closely by Williams
Nico Rosberg admitted he was surprised to win the German Grand Prix so easily and not be challenged more closely by Williams.

Although Rosberg started from pole position he had only been 0.2s clear of Valtteri Bottas in qualifying and saw Bottas retain his second place at the start of the race. However, from that point onwards Rosberg was able to ease away and win by over 20 seconds and he revealed after the race that he was expecting a tougher challenge, though was pleased his task wasn't made harder by a late safety car.

“I was really surprised,” Rosberg said. “In qualifying we were quite close to Williams so I didn't expect to have such an advantage at the end of the race. But yes, I definitely got a bit worried when I saw [Adrian] Sutil's car [stranded on the pit straight] because I was sure it was going to be a safety car and in the end that would have made it a lot more difficult.”

And Rosberg admitted capping off a week in which Germany won the World Cup, he got married and signed a new Mercedes contract with victory in his home grand prix was special.

“It's fantastic. It's an amazing feeling to win at home, it's a very, very special day for me ... I'll be celebrating a little bit tonight, I hope [the fans] will too; it would be great to continue the soccer world championship experience a little bit. Then I'll look forward to the next race in Hungary. With the car that we have at the moment I am very thankful to Mercedes for the car that they've built us.”



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DuhFerrari

July 21, 2014 6:42 AM

Think of it logically, not much skill involved when you're in the fastest car on the grid and leading from start to finish. Hmm! Boring... Entertainment came in terms of the fight for 4th, 5th and 6th positions. ... Vettel, Alonso and Ricciardo. Great show there!

cassyo

July 21, 2014 6:16 AM
Last Edited 60 days ago

I have yet to find some good reasons to become a fan of him and, most probably, I will never do, but I can recognize he is a rather hard worker and if he will succeed to take the title I will salute him in an almost the same degree as if it will be Lewis the winner. If I were to prefer one of these two, for the 2014 title, probably I will choose Nico, if not for other reason, then for the sake of statistics, as Nico would equal Jacques Villeneuve's performance. Anyway, I wish him good luck in his career and a happy marriage !



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