MELBOURNE, March 16th, 2014 (F1Plus / Jacob Polychronis) Nico Rosberg has won the Australian Grand Prix in what was a comfortable display from start to finish in Melbourne.
The Mercedes GP driver displayed a near perfect start to the race after claiming the lead before the first turn from third on the grid. Afterwards, the German never looked like being challenged as he won the race by over 24 seconds from Daniel Ricciardo.
“The start was off like a bullet – or off like a silver arrow. After that the car was just really quick today.”
“It’s such a pleasure to drive, it’s such a great feeling. I’m really looking forward to the next races so much now. It’s so fast, it’s great.”
“The whole team did such a good job on it. We had a really good engine and not much of a problem with fuel consumption, we didn’t have to worry about that.”
Cause for concern
Although the Australian Grand Prix went according to plan for Rosberg, the other side of the Mercedes garage cannot say the same.
Rosberg’s team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, was forced to retire after losing an engine cylinder early in the race. The two failures which Hamilton suffered throughout the weekend is providing concerns for Rosberg in future races.
“Of course it’s still going to be tough and reliability is still not one hundred per cent sorted, there’s a lot of work ahead of us.”
“We need to identify all the things we can still do better.”
Unlike previous seasons, there will now be a two-week break until round two in Malaysia. Instead of fearing for his momentum, Rosberg is in fact pleased that there is a longer break.
“For sure we are going to use it (the two week break) well to make our car quicker and more reliable. So it’s going to be a very useful gap between the two races.”
The German’s victory in the Australian Grand Prix is the second in the family, after Keke Rosberg won in 1985.