Rosberg hails 'very special' home win

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg hailed a 'very special' German Grand Prix after he eased to victory at Hockenheim.

Rosberg started from pole position and led into the first corner, from which he was never seriously challenged as he beat Valtteri Bottas by over 20 seconds.

As a result, Rosberg has extended his championship advantage over Lewis Hamilton - who battled his way from 20th to third - to 15 points ahead of next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"[It's a] great feeling to win at home, a great day for me," he said. "Everything is special, very positive things [are] happening. This weekend with pole and the win is awesome, a very special day today."

Rosberg nonetheless said he anticipated a closer challenge from Williams, having beaten Bottas by just a couple of tenths of a second during qualifying. He also feared that race control could have deployed the Safety Car in order to retrieve Adrian Sutil's stricken Sauber.

"In qualifying it was close to Williams, so I didn’t expect such a big advantage in the race," he said.

"I definitely got a bit worried when I saw Sutil out there as I thought it would be a Safety Car and that would have made it more difficult."

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