Rosberg ready to party after China triumph


Nico Rosberg is ready to party after maintaining his 100 per cent start to the Formula One season by winning the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Rosberg qualified first but lost out to the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo at the first corner of the race, though he reclaimed the lead on lap three as the Australian suffered a puncture and guided his Mercedes to victory from there.

The German was evidently in high spirits following his latest triumph, a sixth Grand Prix victory in a row, and he was looking forward to celebrating with the team.

"We are going to have a party now in the garage - everyone deserves that - and then straight back home to my family. I can't wait to see them," said Rosberg during his podium interview.

"The start was not quite good enough with Daniel but then I had a really quick car today, really great, attacked straight away and was able to pull a big gap after that."

Rosberg now holds a 36-point lead at the top of the F1 drivers' standings, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton finishing seventh after starting from the back of the grid due to failing to post a time in qualifying.

However, the 30-year-old is not taking anything for granted and understands the threat his team-mate poses to a championship tilt.

"It's too early to make any premature conclusions," added Rosberg.

"Lewis is not many points behind - 30 points is not much, it's a race and a bit and he will never give up."