Rosberg pleased to overcome Austin disappointment

By on Sunday, November 9, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

A delighted Nico Rosberg says he was pleased to overcome the disappointment of the United States Grand Prix as he stormed to victory in Brazil.

Rosberg led away from pole position and while team-mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a mid-race spin to sit close behind, Rosberg was able to resist the pressure and take his first win since July.

"That was a fantastic weekend and I felt very comfortable over the whole three days," he said.

"I had to learn from Austin, which was a big disappointment, and I think I achieved that. I was able to control the pace a bit better and didn't let Lewis come too close. He drove really well and was always right there pushing me.

"When he spun I had a bit of time to relax and was able to save some life in the tyres for the end of the stint. That worked out perfectly and it was a great day with another one-two for the team."

Rosberg's victory means that he now trails Hamilton by 17 points ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Team boss Toto Wolff believes that Hamilton's spin was the defining moment.

"Today's race was a pure battle between Nico and Lewis, with no quarter asked or given," he said.

"The deciding moment probably came when Lewis spun on lap 28. That gave Nico some breathing room and, although Lewis seemed to have the better speed today, Nico was able to absorb the pressure from then all the way to the flag. It was a fantastic performance from both of them and sets up the prospect of a thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi."

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