Rosberg: We went for a safe strategy

Date published: April 3 2016

After Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg claimed his second Grand Prix win of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he explained that they actually went for a safe strategy rather than a fast one.

Rosberg crossed the finish line with 10.2 seconds to spare, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who came 2nd, and Lewis Hamilton, who placed 3rd.

Initially having problems with his start during the formation lap, the German driver managed to pip pole positioned Lewis Hamilton to first place before Turn 1, which according to him was a key moment for his victory in the desert.

“The key was really the start,” the 30-year-old said. “I got a great getaway and from then I tried to control the pace. I am very happy with how the race went today. It’s absolutely awesome to get another win.

“We have been working a lot on starts so I am pleased that it worked out so well for me on the dirty side of the grid.”

However, despite dominating the entire race, Rosberg said that they were actually implanting a safe strategy throughout the GP incase out-of-the ordinary incidents would occur.

“We played it safer in case there was a safety car or something,” he added. “We went for a safe strategy, not a fast strategy, just to cover all eventualities.”

It’s great to win here today, that’s two wins on the trot, but I’m only thinking of the next race in China.

“It is a good moment because we had a good car today, but it’s is not something I think about. I’m not thinking about it right at this moment, I’m just thinking about this season and it’s two wins now in a row, good points. That’s where my focus is, five wins or three wins, it doesn’t make a difference.”