Rosberg concedes Hamilton was out of reach
30 March 2014 – Championship leader Nico Rosberg has conceded that Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was out of reach during the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Rosberg followed Hamilton home to record Mercedes's first 1-2 finish in Formula 1 since 1955 but admits that he was unable to close down the gap to his team-mate.
"This is an incredible day for our team and for Mercedes-Benz," said Rosberg, who extended his lead at the head of the championship to 18 points.
"For the first time in the modern Silver Arrows era, we have achieved a one-two finish which is an incredible result. The team did a phenomenal job over the winter and my thanks once again for that."
Rosberg said he was controlling his gap to Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, who finished the race in third.
"I had a great start again, even though it was tight with Sebastian," said Rosberg. "It was very close at the wall and I just closed the eyes, went for the gap and did it. Later I was able to control the pace and to defend my position against Sebastian but Lewis was out of my reach, so congratulations to him for his win. I really look forward now to next weekend in Bahrain."