Nico not happy until he battles Lewis and wins
Rosberg relishing the chance to test himself against Hamilton
Nico Rosberg says he cannot fully enjoy winning races until he has come out victorious having had a wheel-to-wheel battle with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
After securing his fourth straight victory of the season in Russia - and seventh consecutive win dating back to last season - Rosberg holds a 43-point advantage over reigning world champion Hamilton.
But even the German admits that he cannot fully appreciate his success when Hamilton has been hampered with car problems. “I can’t say I miss it [fighting with Hamilton] because it is awesome to win races and in the end it doesn’t matter how,” Rosberg told Sky Sports. “Winning is great and what I’m here for. But the ecstatic feeling isn’t there, it’s there when I win a battle with Lewis, that’s what gives the ultimate thrill. “A straight fight with Lewis is what I am here for because he’s the benchmark. “It’s always going to be a tough battle against him because he’s as motivated and as quick as ever.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton has been quick to defend his Mercedes mechanics but admitted he has no clue as to why some personnel were moved from his side of the garage to Rosberg’s.
“From my side of the garage the mechanics are having a hard time,” said Hamilton. “But I have absolutely every bit of confidence and faith in them.
“The majority were on Nico’s car last year and Nico’s guys were with me for the last three years since I joined. The team all of a sudden swapped for no apparent reason.”
The next F1 grand prix takes place in Spain on May 15 where last year Rosberg beat Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two.