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Rosberg surprised by gap to Williams

20 July 2014

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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