Nico Rosberg has extended his lead on the Drivers’ Championship table to 33-points after claiming his maiden Japan Grand Prix victory.
The German was in scintillating form throughout the weekend in Suzuka, topping all the times in the practices and qualifying on pole yesterday.
In a day of celebration for Mercedes, Rosberg was especially delighted that the Silver Arrows were able wrap up the Constructors’ Championship.
“What an awesome weekend,” said Rosberg, who pulled away from the pack at the start of the race.
“The whole weekend felt great from the word go. It has been very, very special especially on this legendary track, it is beautiful to win here.
“Congrats to everybody, all my collegues in the team for clinching a third Constructors’ title.
“It is so absolutely deserved, an unbelievable effort all these years.”
On his Championship lead, Rosberg is aware that he has to be almost perfect in the remaining four races, with his team-mate Lewis Hamliton waiting to pounce on any of his mistakes.
“I’m feeling good cause I came here to win,” said the 31-year-old.
“I’m well aware of the points. 33 points – it’s better that way than the other way round but it’s still Lewis that’s my teammate, so I always need to reckon with him.
“He’s going to be going for it in the last four races. There’s still a long way to go.”
The Championship leader also added that he hopes Daniel Ricciardo never wins again as he doesn’t to partake in any Australian traditions on the podium.
“I’m going to make sure he never wins again as I don’t want to drink any more out of his shoe,” he quipped.