Rosberg: I lost the win at the start

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg believes he lost his chance of victory at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, when he dropped from first to third into the opening corner.

Rosberg started from pole position but was passed by Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo into Turn 1, though quickly overhauled the Red Bull driver to move into second.

Rosberg remained within a couple of seconds of Hamilton across the remainder of the race but was never able to challenge his rival, with the result moving the Briton six points clear in the standings.

"Really, I lost the win in the first corner when I dropped down two positions, so I'm disappointed as I wanted to win the race and was confident I had a strong possibility to do so," he said.

"It wasn't the best start from me, so it was good to catch Daniel directly in T1 and get P2 back. But behind Lewis it was impossible to overtake on this track.

"I had great pace in the race, which is very positive - but unfortunately I wasn't able to make the most of it."

Rosberg is nonetheless confident of turning the tables on Hamilton in Germany next weekend.

"It's great that my second home race is coming up so soon," he said.

"I look forward to Hockenheim and will be pushing flat out to repeat the win from 2014."

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