Rosberg admits Red Bull stop made him nervous

Date published: September 20 2016 - Editor

During his post Singapore Grand Prix video blog, Drivers' Championship leader Nico Rosberg admitted that Red Bull’s decision to pit Daniel Ricciardo for a set of supersoft tyres at the end made him feel on edge.

Despite a brakes problem he and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton encountered during the race, the German drove flawlessly and led from pole to claim his eighth victory of the season.

With the Australian going on supersofts late into the Grand Prix, Rosberg’s two-stop strategy went under threat but managed to cross the line 0.4s quicker than his rival.

"Red Bull tried something really funky and went for the late pit stop to come out with some fresh tyres," he said in the video.

"They tried to challenge me until the end of the race, and that was a bit uncomfortable. In that moment, I did not really know where Daniel Ricciardo was and how quickly he was catching me.

"It did not really matter because what I had to do was to get my head down and just push and get the best out of it, go as fast as I can.

"I knew that in the end, in the last two laps he could be there to challenge me. Until then, I did not look back. And in the last two laps, I checked and… I thought ‘OK, that should be enough to win’ but still it was so close in the end."

Going into the race with a two-point deficit, Rosberg leads the Championship table by eight-points following Hamilton’s P3 result.