A great start proved to the key to Nico Rosberg’s victory in Bahrain as once again he got ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton off the line.
This time it proved crucial as Hamilton’s race was spoiled when he was hit by Valtteri Bottas at Turn One, leaving Rosberg free to win as he pleased.
“We’ve been working a lot on the starts,” said Rosberg. “I’m pleased that it worked out so well, it was a really good getaway on the dirty side of the grid and that really made my race in the end. And from then on the car was feeling great and just controlling the pace and playing it safe.
“That’s what we were trying to do. Also, in case the Safety Car comes and things like that. So we really went for the safest strategy, not the fastest strategy. Just to cover all eventualities.”
Rosberg has now one five races in a row, but he insists he’s not yet thinking about the bigger picture.
“It’s not something I think about. I’m just taking it race by race and it’s great to win here today, great to win two on the trot and that’s it. Next race – where are we going, China? It is a good moment because we have a good car and I just want to make the most of it.”