Rosberg: Delicious! The best ever!
After securing his sixth successive pole position this season, 24 hours later Nico Robserg claimed his third straight win as he powered to an impressive and well controlled victory at the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, thus ensuring he goes on holiday with the psychological high ground despite losing the 2015 F1 world title to his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg spoke after his afternoon’s graft at the splendid Yas Marina Circuit.
That must taste good?
Nico Rosberg: Delicious! The best ever!
It’s been an incredible end to the season. This was your most dominant win of the season, so tell us a little bit about the race and the hunger you took into this final race of the season.
NR: No, I mean, yeah, Austin was sort of the low point of the season. It was a tough weekend and since then I’ve just come back a lot stronger and I’m very happy about that. I’m excited about how the end of the season went. Next year can come any moment. It could start tomorrow if it were for me, no problem, I don’t need any holidays! But, no, it’s great to end the season like this, go on holiday like this and thank you so much, you’ve been awesome again this weekend, for all your support and everything, thanks to my team, absolutely stunning car you’ve all given me again today – just unbelievable. Ecstatic.
You mentioned Austin there. We could see the disappointment as the realisation the championship had slipped away at that race. Can you tell us a little bit, give the fans at home an insight. You’ve got the enemy within the team, you work together to develop this great product but your success is Lewis’ failure and his success is your failure. Can you give us an insight into how you manage that? Because you guys have known each other since you were kids.
NR: Yeah, it’s always tough to race Lewis, he’s doing an awesome job and he’s one of the best out there, so an even better feeling to win, definitely against such opposition. It’s a great battle internally all the time. That’s what I race for, such battles, and I look forwards to more next year.
Does that mean you guys can go and have dinner together now and reflect on what was an amazing season for the team?
NR: Let’s skip that part – maybe we’ll catch up in the Amber Lounge later on.
The smile says it all. The World Championship is the one thing… this is your 14th victory. You can take pole positions, you can win grands prix – how are you going to attack the winter and come back next year and try and beat this man?
NR: Well I look forward to it as I’m sure it’s going to be another great season next year. I’m sure the team is going to give us an awesome car again. Of course we’re aware of the threat from the red guys and we don’t them to come too close and we’ll give it everything over the winter. I’ll try to keep it going, the current form, starting next year.
You knew what Lewis was doing, obviously, in terms of strategy in the final part of the Grand Prix, the offset on the tyres etc, and you responded. Are you pleased with the way you drove today?
NR: Yeah, for sure, ecstatic with the way it went, because really master-managed… controlled the pace through the race and managed my tyres and used them optimally and pushed all the way through to the end, so had good pace there with tyres that’s for sure and had a lot more laps on them than Lewis’s so very pleased with that, definitely.
I wonder which of the two of you goes into the winter feeling the happier?
NR: I’m feeling very happy.
About next year, are we going to see you as a World Champion, because already you entered the season with great victories, so is it the same way to start 2016?
NR: Well, unfortunately 2016 is so far away. At the moment I’m just enjoying now, enjoying the wins. I’m going to party tonight, I’m enjoying the fun, enjoying that I progressed also a lot in the end of the season, too late for the championship of course, but so great now to have it and that’s it. I can’t tell you about next year unfortunately, but I’ll give it everything