Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Rosberg ‘needed one more lap to pass Hamilton’

2014 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Nico Rosberg believes he could have passed his team mate to win the Spanish Grand Prix had the race gone on one lap longer.

Rosberg was six-tenths of a second behind Lewis Hamilton at the chequered flag.

Asked during the podium ceremony how many laps he would have needed to pass the other Mercedes, Rosberg said: “I think one more, to be honest.”

“One more and I could have given it a good go. I wasn’t close enough to give it a go there, but next lap I would have, but unfortunately that was it.

“So a bit gutted. But still, second place, still close to the championship, and many more races to go anyways.”

Hamilton admitted his team mate had been quicker during the race: “I wasn’t fast enough really today, Nico was quicker,” he said.

“I struggled a lot with the balance, really had to rely on my engineers a lot more to give me the gaps and try to find where I could find time. And also all my settings I was moving them up and down, up and down, really trying to find extra time.

“But Nico was just generally quicker this weekend, but fortunately I was able to keep him behind.”

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