Rosberg: Most exciting race of my career
6 April 2014 – Despite admitting to a "strong dislike" of finishing second, Nico Rosberg described Sunday's first ever night race at the Bahrain International Circuit as "the most exciting" of his career.
Pole-sitting Rosberg lost his lead to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the lights went out, but made numerous attempts to regain the place.
The German came closest to doing so when, following a late Safety Car period, he had the advantage of Pirelli's Soft tyres, but Hamilton held on.
"I'm very disappointed of course. I was quicker [than Hamilton] today and I couldn't get by," Rosberg explained to reporters in the Sakhir paddock.
"[But] you can't say the sport was boring today. It was intense, a big battle and just really aggressive, putting everything to the limit. It was so close. At several times I thought I'd got him but then he got by me again.
"I strongly dislike coming second but it was definitely the most exciting race of my whole career."
Rosberg drew positivity from the fact that he still leads the title race and has vowed to win at Shanghai.
"We're strong and it's a nice moment having the opportunity to win every race," he commented. "I musn't forget that I'm still leading the championship by 11 points. Onwards and upwards – the next one is my win!"