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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Next year can come at any moment – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg: I am excited with how the end of the season went and next year can come at any moment – it could start tomorrow for me, no problem; I don't need any holidays. It is great to end the season like this and go on holiday like this.
Nico Rosberg says he is delighted to have finished the F1 2015 season with his third win in succession in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and would be more than happy to start the new season tomorrow.

Rosberg took another commanding lights-to-flag win at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday, crossing the line 8.2 seconds up on team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.

Reflecting at the finish, the German added that it was important to do well in the final three races after the disappointment in Austin.

“Austin was a tough weekend and since then I have just come back a lot stronger and I am really happy about that,” Rosberg said.

“I am excited with how the end of the season went and next year can come at any moment – it could start tomorrow for me, no problem; I don't need any holidays. It is great to end the season like this and go on holiday like this.

“Thanks to my team, an absolutely stunning car you have all given me again today. It is just unbelievable.

“I am ecstatic.”

Quizzed on the race, he noted: “I'm excited with the way it went, I managed to control the pace in the race and manage my tyres.

“For sure my tyres had a lot more laps than Lewis' but I managed to keep the pace. I go into winter very happy.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg added that he takes a lot of satisfaction from beating Hamilton fair and square: “It is always tough to race Lewis. He is doing an awesome job and is one of the best out there, but it is an even better feeling to win against such opposition,” he explained.

“It is a great battle internally all the time. That is what I race for, such battles. I look forward to more next year.”

“I am looking forward to 2016,” he continued. “I am sure it is going to be another great season next year. I am sure the team is going to give us an awesome car again. Of course we are aware of the threat of the red guys. We don't want them to come too close. We will give it everything over the winter and try and keep the current form going next year.”

“Unfortunately 2016 is far away, but I'm going to party tonight and enjoy my form and the progress.

“It was too late in the season but it's nice.”
by Rob Wilkins

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November 29, 2015 4:43 PM

Well done to Nico.on a really dominant victory over Lulu, which bodes well for 2016. I loved the way Kimi stood up to shake Nico's hand in the post race room, while Hamilton begrudgingly extended a limp arm as he lounged on the setee, proving that no amount of money can buy class. What a loser.


November 30, 2015 12:29 AM

Tommy T, of all the words I could use to describe Nico Rosberg, I don't think that 'petulant' is one of them. On more than one occasion, he has sounded surprised that Lewis would attack him the way he has on track, which would indicate to any neutral fan that he is more of a team player than Lewis is. Also, I would say that in every respect, he is a class act as a human being and his only flaw is not having that raw aggressive wheel-to-wheel characteristic to his driving that so many world champions have. Some might actually say he isn't petulant and aggressive enough as a racer - for example at those moments when Lewis pushed him off the track this season - and if he was, he would have become a world champion by now. Let's see what 2016 brings, but one thing's for sure....most F1 fans are demanding more entertainment and excitement on track, irrespective of whoever ends up lifting the titles.

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