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.”