Nico Rosberg took a commanding victory in Barcelona, claiming his first win of the season with a spectacular performance at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Rosberg: “I'm so happy about this win"
Starting from pole, Rosberg controlled the 66-lap race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to the finish line. He said: “My start was great for the first time this season. From there I was able to control the pace and I never felt in danger throughout the whole race. I'm so happy about this win."
Hamilton: “We had the pace to make it work"
Lewis Hamilton meanwhile secured P2 after a poor start saw him lose a position off the line. He commented: “I got off to a poor start with too much wheel spin and had to fight hard just to keep third."
However the decision to switch to a three-stop strategy allowed Hamilton to build the necessary gap to Ferrari's Sebasian Vettel in the third stint. “Luckily we had the pace to make it work," said Hamilton, “Nico was then 22 seconds ahead with 15 laps to go which was a big gap. I pushed really hard to close up until about 6 laps from the end but I was only gaining about a second per lap which wasn't enough. So, damage limitation on a difficult weekend for me. But I'm grateful that I could score some good points for the team."
Wolff: “A great feeling to take a one-two finish at this circuit"
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, explained: “We knew that the only chance of getting past Sebastian was to do something different with the strategy but it was still a bold move to try the three-stopper. It was only going to work if Lewis managed to overtake on track and he made it work with great moves on Räikkönen and Bottas – he was decisive when he needed to be and showed some incredible pace on the prime tyre."
Wolff concluded: “It's a great feeling to take a one-two finish at this circuit, which is a really severe test for the complete car package, and a confirmation that the updates we brought in a number of areas correlated to the track and delivered a good performance improvement. Well done to everybody back at both factories, now we will get our heads down and start working for Monaco."
The next round of the 2015 season takes the team to Monte Carlo for one of the highlights on the F1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place on 24 May.