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F1 Bahrain GP: Start the key as Rosberg makes it two from two

Two wins in a row, or five in a row, it 'doesn't really matter' to Nico Rosberg, who insists that 'awesome' Bahrain Grand Prix win is just another step towards his season-long F1 goal.
Nico Rosberg has pointed to a reversal of fortune at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix as the key to his second win of the 2016 F1 season.

The German, starting from second on the grid alongside Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, got the better of the Briton off the line and was clear of the mayhem that erupted in his wake as Hamilton was collected by Williams' Valtteri Bottas in turn one.

Rosberg's cause as also helped by a poor getaway from Kimi Raikkonen, who was the only remaining Ferrari in the race after Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure on the way to the grid.

Once out in front, Rosberg was able to stretch his lead with every lap, quickly extending his advantage to the length of the main straight as Raikkonen struggled to match his pace and a hobbled Hamilton had to fight his way through from the tail end of the top ten.

Although both managed to close on the leader as he negotiated traffic, Rosberg was never troubled, taking his second win of the season and his fifth in a row stretching back to the end of 2015.

"It's been an awesome weekend," the German grinned, "The key was really the start - I got a great getaway and, from then on, I was trying to control the race. We've been working a lot on starts and I'm glad it worked out. From then on, the car was feeling great."

Without any great pressure from behind, Mercedes was able to run a conservative race, with Rosberg eventually stroking his W07 home ten seconds clear of Raikkonen and half-a-minute ahead of Hamilton.

"We played it safe in case there was a safety car or something," the driver confirmed, "We went for a safe strategy, not a fast strategy, just to cover all eventualities. I'm very, very happy with today, and it's just awesome to get another win."

The win was Rosberg's fifth in succession stretching back to the end of 2015, but he insisted that he was not thinking back that far, or on his championship prospects, preferring to concentrate on the long year ahead.

"It's awesome but I'm not thinking about it - I'm just taking it race by race," he said, "It's great to win here today - that's two wins on the trot - but I'm only thinking of the next race in China.

"It is a good moment because we had a good car today, but [five wins in a row] is not something I think about. I'm not thinking about it right at this moment, I'm just thinking about this season and it's two wins now in a row, good points. That's where my focus is - five wins or three wins, it doesn't make a difference..."

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April 05, 2016 3:01 AM

The fact that Bottas got a penalty for that incident was a joke! First of all, we're always hearing how the rules are relaxed on the first lap because of the chaos. This was the FIRST CORNER, so what's going on there? Second of all, Hamilton left a hole big enough to drive a dump truck through, what was he expecting, the whole field to just give him as much track space as he wants? He left the door open and Bottas went through it. As far as I'm concerned, Hamilton should have left him more room. A similar incident happened between Hamilton and Massa at India in 2011. In that instance, Massa was ahead and turned into the apex of the corner where Hamilton had decided to park his car and they collided. In that case Massa was penalised, even though he was ahead. So explain to me how Bottas was penalised in this case and not Hamilton???


April 05, 2016 12:50 PM

omega. i was watching aerial shots of the incident last night. and bottas had initially tons of room to be inside lulu, but even as he was partially alongside , lulu turned into him. in fact, lulu was trying to make the exact same move on nico at the time!

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