While Nico Rosberg has always maintained he is racing for the victory and nothing less, he concedes it was “okay to be second” after an eventful Mexican GP.
The championship leader started Sunday’s grand prix second on the grid knowing that he needed nothing short of a victory to stand a chance of wrapping up the World title in Mexico.
However, a P2 would mean he was still on course for a first title but in the longer game.
And that is exactly what he achieved.
Rosberg survived first lap contact with Verstappen to run second but later came under attack from the Red Bull racer for a second time.
Verstappen made a lunging move but went in too hot and ran off the track, handing second back to Rosberg.
And that was enough to ensure he’s still on track for the title as he holds a 19-point advantage over race winner Lewis Hamilton.
“It has been a good day,” said Rosberg.
“Lewis has been too fast this weekend so I just have to accept second place.
“I had some massive battles out there.
“At the start I got shunted and then with Max later on and everything so it is okay to be second.”