In one of Formula One’s most exciting and glitzy races, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes led from start to finish in the Singapore Grand Prix and retook the championship lead from team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany leads after the start of the race. Photo: Reuters
The first time winner of the Singapore GP celebrated his 200th race in style as he finished the race with 273 points, overtaking Hamilton’s 265 points.
The 31-year-old German now has six races remaining and is in prime position to claim his maiden Formula One Championship win.
While Rosberg led throughout the race, he had to fend off a late charge by Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who after his final pit stop, chased down Rosberg with 12 laps remaining, slowly eating away at the German’s lead.
The Mercedes team made the strategic decision to abort a pit stop in order to hold their lead, and eventually, Rosberg’s experience proved to be the deciding factor as he held off the Australian breathing down his neck.
"In the end, I did everything right, nailed all those laps, everything worked out and the management (of the tyres) all the way to the end, the tyres were just right," he said.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates winning the race. Photo: Reuters
“Today, I am just happy to win the race, that's what I came here to do. Now I am going to celebrate after this, can't wait to get home and next stop is Malaysia where I will try to (win) because I am feeling good at the moment. I'm on a good roll.”
Hamilton, having finished third behind his team mate and rival, was noticeably dour in the post-race interview, but he is still planning to give it his all in defending his championship title.
"This weekend has been a tricky one for me but I'm just happy to get on the podium and get some points for the team,” said the three-time world champion.
"It's a lot different to when I was here last year but I'm still in the fight and I'm going to give it everything I've got."
"We come from 43 points down, so eight points isn't anywhere as steep as that. Nico has been performing fantastically well, he did an amazing job. He's expecting to continue and I have to make sure I do the same."
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