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GP Week : Issue 214
After a string of wins to team- mate Lewis Hamilton, despite his own strong qualifying efforts, it was clearly a relieved Nico Rosberg who got everything together to win in Brazil – and open up the slightest possibility of a championship upset in Abu Dhabi: “I have felt ver y comfortable the whole weekend and I’ve had a great deal of self- confidence. I was convinced that I had learned from what I didn’t do so well in Austin - the little weakness that I had. And it makes me ver y happy to see that I have made real steps forward in that short time since the US Grand Prix. “So when I reflect on the race, the start was super, and in the first stint I already saw that I was able to control the gap to Lewis. It was impor tant to never let him get close enough to try a real attack. Then he made his mistake – and I used that situation as we were both ver y much at the limit with the tyres all the time. We really had to watch out to make it with three stops, so when he made his mistake and fell behind by something like six seconds that was also the moment when I could take it a bit easier to make sure that my tyres lasted until the last lap of my stint.” The maths though, still mean that someone is going to have to beat Lewis for second in Abu Dhabi, even if Nico wins. This win came one race too late: “Unfortunately it is one race too late to have it in my hands – only by four points. Sad but true! But now I need a little bit of help from somebody else as Lewis must not finish in P2 in Abu Dhabi – the maximum to keep my chances realistic is him finishing no higher than P3. Maybe (that will be) a Williams that you cannot pass on the straight! “Of course it is difficult. But since Austin I’ve known that I have to win the last two races – today I did that, and the plan is to do the same in Abu Dhabi. After today I feel that it will also work in Abu Dhabi ...” For his part, Lewis remains confident. The spin that cost him time came when his stop was ex tended out by a lap – other than that he was confident he had the pace: “I think ultimately it [the ex tra lap] cost me the win, yeah. I mean, I was much quicker up until that point and on that lap I'd gone a second quicker whilst Nico pitted and I thought I was going to pit attheendofthatlapsoIused ever ything of the tyres. “The next lap, I had nothing left. Either way, at the end of the day, I made a mistake, I locked the rears into Turn Four and with the under- rotation, just spun me around. Second time it's happened this weekend. “So, no-one's fault but mine. Still, great result for the team. Nico drove really well, great, defensive, no mistakes and ultimately we got a one-t wo ...” the options are clear 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRAZIL PARTNERS: