The longest race of my life, says Rosberg
16 April 2012 – Nico Rosberg remains utterly delighted with winning for the first time in Formula 1. Like Jenson Button, the German has picked up his maiden victory in his seventh F1 season, winning Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix by a sizeable 20 seconds.
“An absolutely amazing experience, just unbelievable,” he says in a video blog in which he is brandishing the race-winning trophy.
“It wasn’t really to be expected, that it was going to go so well, but the whole weekend just went perfectly. I looked behind me at the start and there was nobody, I was gone!”
He insists that looking after his tyres was a real challenge:
“Tyre management was very difficult. There’s not one lap in the race when you can go flat-out, you really have to go carefully and manage the tyres – very challenging but it worked out fine. The strategy was perfect also; just towards the end of the stints my tyres were finished, so it was just perfect to come into the pits at the right time, so it all worked out well. Definitely the conditions came into my direction because it was a bit colder, which helped us for sure.
“Just unbelievable…longest race of my life. It felt like I was driving the Le Mans 24 Hours, it was just crazy! The last 30 laps, they never ended. I was like, ‘What the hell’s going on?!’
"Then I really enjoyed the last few laps because I knew, ‘Okay, this one is my win.’ Niki Lauda said that the first win is the most difficult and after that it gets easy, so if that’s the way it goes that would be fantastic!”
Keke Rosberg, Nico’s father and Champion of 1982, last won an F1 race for Williams in the 1985 Australian Grand Prix. As a first-time victor – the 103rd in the history of the sport – Rosberg Junior will now receive a silver telegram from Bernie Ecclestone.
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Nico Rosberg's post-Chinese Grand Prix blog