Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff was full of praise for his drivers following another one-two in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg took his first victory of the year – the ninth of his Formula 1 career – with a superbly controlled drive from pole position while Lewis Hamilton recovered from a poor start to clinch the 75th podium of his Grand Prix career in second place.
The world champion leads Rosberg by 20 points in the F1 Drivers’ World Championship with the Brackley team heading Ferrari by 70 points in the constructors’ title race.
Wolff said: “Nico did the perfect job, he was controlled and composed throughout. Following Lewis’s final stop, it was clear the cars wasn’t big enough for him to challenge for the win, so we then told both drivers to bring the car home.”
Romain Grosjean drove a measured race to finish eighth for the Enstone based Lotus despite a mid-race loss of fourth gear but Pastor Maldonado retired.
Deputy team boss Federico Gastaldi said: “Both our drivers put in really strong performances, with Romain finishing in eighth despite a gearbox issue and Pastor driving relentlessly before we retired him, but the real heroes today were the pit crew.”