Rosberg extends lead over Hamilton

Nico Rosberg salutes the crowds at the European Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg salutes the crowds at the European Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg reflected on his 19th career victory – his fifth of 2016 – following success in Sunday’s European Grand Prix.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver became the first to win at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan.

I really felt at one with the car in a way I’ve never felt before

Nico Rosberg

But it was a difficult afternoon for his Brackley team-mate Lewis Hamilton who recovered from a tenth on the grid to eventually finish fifth.

Rosberg has 141 and leads the FIA Drivers’ Championship by 24 points from Hamilton 117 while Mercedes lead Ferrari by 81 points in the FIA Constructors’ Championship

Rosberg said: “I really felt at one with the car in a way I’ve never felt before. I didn’t have the feeling that something would go wrong at any point.

“The car was awesome and it was a pretty straightforward afternoon for me at the front. There was only one little concern when I felt that I was down on power a bit in the middle of the race.”

Hamilton said: “I have no idea what happened out there, I just had no power. I was in an engine mode which made it feel like I was driving without ERS for a long time.

We have hundreds of different combinations of switch position on the wheel and, no matter how much you study, there’s no way to remember them all. I was driving around looking at my screen trying to work out what was wrong but I couldn’t see anything I’d done differently.

“It was just a real shame that I couldn’t race. If I’d been able to resolve it, I might have at least been able to be a part of the show and fight with the guys ahead of me.”

Team boss Toto Wolff added: “We all went into the race expecting lots of action and there was plenty going on in our garage.

“But from the team’s point of view, although we extended our points lead, we should have come away with more and correcting those problems will be our focus in the coming days.”