Rosberg not thinking about title race

By on Sunday, April 3, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg insists he is not thinking about the championship despite opening his 2016 account with back to back Grand Prix victories in Australia and Bahrain.

Rosberg surged clear of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the start and was able to open up a substantial lead in the first stint, as Hamilton was hit by Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen slipped back.

Rosberg managed the remainder of the race from the front and has collected 50 points from the opening two rounds, to sit 17 clear of Hamilton.

"It’s been a great weekend," he said. "I'm very pleased, [especially] the start, been working a lot on that, a really good getaway so pleased with that, after that I controlled the race and played it safe, the safest strategy, so it was a good team effort.

"I'm pleased to start the season in the best possible way, not thinking about the championship, just race by race and making the best of it at the moment with the car we have."

Rosberg nonetheless admitted he was slightly disappointed not to have a four-way fight for the win, after his rivals effectively dropped out of contention at the start.

"It took forever, it felt that the race was six hours long, it would have been cool to have a battle, was looking forward to that, thought it was going to be a four way fight, [but I'm] super happy of course but that would have been cool as well."

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