Nico Rosberg feels his victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix is a "big step in the right direction" as he bids to beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and win the 2014 F1 Drivers' title.

Rosberg dominated proceedings at Interlagos and the win was just what he needed after Hamilton had won the last five races in succession.

The result closes him to within 17 points in the title race, and with double points in Abu Dhabi, the season finale later this month, it is all to play for, although if Rosberg wins there and Hamilton is second, it won't be enough for the German to claim the crown.

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"I am very happy with the whole weekend and have been feeling comfortable in the car," Rosberg said on the podium. "I was able to attack and also control the gap to Lewis in the race. That worked out great.

"I am very, very happy, especially [to win here] in Brazil. The atmosphere is fantastic."

Speaking in the post-race press conference, Rosberg admitted that losing the win in Austin seven days ago spurred him on this weekend.

"It was a great weekend all-in-all. Austin was a tough day for me on Sunday. It was important for me just to improve [here]. I didn't do a good enough job in the race in Austin and today I managed to do that. I am happy about that. I learned from Austin and did better. That is a big step in the right direction," he explained.

"One race too late," he admitted, given the points situation, "but there is still a lot to play for and now I am just hoping to keep this going. I am really feeling good in the car and everything."

Quizzed on the battle with Hamilton, Rosberg reiterated that he felt he had it in control throughout.

"It was a great race with Lewis. He was behind me all the time and I was able to make sure the gap was such that there was no chance for him to go for the overtake - like he did in Austin - and I managed to do that.

"It was good."