Rosberg not changing 'race by race' approach

By on Sunday, May 1, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg says he will not change his approach despite extending his championship lead to 43 points by romping to victory at the Russian Grand Prix.

Rosberg completed the first 'Grand Chelem' of his Formula 1 career by leading every lap from pole position and setting the fastest time of the race en-route to a seventh successive triumph.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from 10th on the grid to finish in second place but Rosberg was nonetheless able to add another seven points to his early title advantage.

"It's four races from 21, Lewis is going to come back of course, he’s on it, as motivated as always, I'm just taking it race by race, we have an incredible car so I just want to win races," Rosberg said.

"It was a great job from Lewis to come to second so quickly from 10th and I was always aware of what he was doing and keeping the gap as big as possible."

Hamilton made progress early on to emerge from the first complex of corners in fifth place, before passing Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, and went on to overhaul Valtteri Bottas after the pit stop phase.

Hamilton slashed Rosberg's gap from 12 to seven seconds but had to back off after Mercedes detected a water pressure problem in his W07 Hybrid.

"There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I couldn’t win it, I had the pace but I had a problem with the engine and I had to back off," he said.

"I wasn’t full throttle down the straights so I was just trying to look after it."

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