Nico Rosberg says he won't get carried away with his fifth consecutive F1 win – his second of 2016 – following a dominant success in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying he expects Lewis Hamilton to come back at him in the coming races.
The German, runner-up to his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, has enjoyed a perfect start to his 2016 title campaign, victory in Australia followed up by a comprehensive success in Bahrain.
His fifth win in a row if you include the three successes that wrapped up his 2015 campaign, Rosberg was delighted to see off the competition so convincingly in Bahrain, even if he is aware Hamilton remains an omnipresent threat 17 points adrift.
“I'm not rejoicing in Lewis' issues I'm just really focussed on doing my job and getting the perfect start as I did today and beating him in that way. At the same time, Lewis is going to come back and I know that because he has been so strong in the last two years, so that's for definite.”
Heading to the third round in China, scene of his first-ever F1 win in 2012, Rosberg is confident he can defeat Hamilton despite losing out for the last two years.
“I'm just enjoying it at the moment. I feel very privileged to drive this car after such a long time to be fighting for victories. I go to China and I know that I'll be fighting for the win there as well. It's such a good feeling to have and winning is awesome, it's great to get all those points for the team and to start the season in such a way.”