Rosberg hails Mercedes balance after triumph

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg hailed the balance of his Mercedes W07 Hybrid after he swept to his third win of the year in China to rack up his sixth successive Formula 1 victory.

Rosberg lost out to Daniel Ricciardo off the line, ostensibly due to starting on the harder tyres, but recovered his position within a handful of laps.

From there, Rosberg managed his pace and crossed the line over half a minute clear of Sebastian Vettel.

"Racing wise, it was an almost perfect weekend," he said.

"Only the start could have been better - but luckily I was able to pass Daniel later on the straight and from then on I could build up a gap.

"I must say, I've never had a better balance in my car than I had today. It was really perfect, so a big thanks to everyone who helped me achieve that."

Rosberg's victory extended his championship advantage to 36 points but he insists he is fully concentrated on the task ahead.

"I'm a very happy man today and, after three races I can be really pleased about how my season has gone so far," he said.

"But it's a very long year ahead and there's a lot of points still on the table, so I'm not losing my focus."

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