Rosberg: I was ready to have a down

Date published: June 2 2016

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has admitted that he was expecting to not have a perfect drive sooner or later after winning the opening four races of the season…

Rosberg, who you can bet on with Paddy Power, was on a seven-race winning streak when he and his teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed into each other at the Spanish Grand Prix, forcing them both to retire and ultimately ending the German’s winning run.

In Monte Carlo at the recently concluded Monaco GP, the Championship leader finished in seventh after he was ordered by Mercedes to let Hamilton overtake him as he was lacking the pace to keep up with Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.

With a 24-point lead on the Drivers’ Championship table, Rosberg is confident he can bounce back again and explained that every driver goes through their ups and downs in the sport.

“There have been [difficult] days and there will be more days in the future,” said the 30-year-old, who dropped behind Hamilton in the bookmaker’s odds to win this year’s World title.

“Racing is always about up and downs and I was ready for the down because I had no expectation of keeping on winning every single race, that’s for sure.

“It wasn’t the case any way since Barcelona, so I was ready to have a down and to navigate through it and come back through the other side.

“Of course I am now still in the process of digesting, not as easy as that but I will be full on it again for Montreal and fighting there for the win.”