Nico Rosberg hailed a perfect weekend after winning Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix
German feared he might go backwards again after recent disappointments
By Mike Wise
Last Updated: 27/05/13 7:14am
The German was fastest in each practice session in the Principality before securing pole position. Sunday's race then brought an assured performance from Rosberg, who kept his cool when crashes brought two safety car interventions and a 25-minute stoppage.
Rosberg, who grew up in Monte Carlo and whose father Keke won the race exactly 30 years ago, told Sky Sports F1: "It's very, very special for me. This is where I've grown up, it's my home, and winning the Monaco Grand Prix is the highlight of any racing driver's career and for me a childhood dream. It being my home makes it all the more special, unbelievable.
"The whole weekend went perfectly."
That was not strictly true - Rosberg admitted in the official post-race press conference that he had made a "terrible start". Even so, he managed to fend off the attentions of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who started third on the grid, at the first corner.
Rosberg dicated the pace thereafter to claim his second career win. Yet whilst claiming that Mercedes have improved their race pace after tyre wear prompted a string of poor recent performances, he also admitted the 2.075-mile street circuit - specifically the lack of stress it places on tyres - played into his hands.
"(The car's) always been good, we've been able to show that with the qualifying pace. It's just that our tyre management has been an issue and we're working on that and I think we've made a few improvements," Rosberg said.
"But I think mainly this track has come to our advantage because the track eats the tyres a bit less and that's really the key to the win today."
Having dropped from pole position to ninth and sixth places in Bahrain and then Spain, the 27-year-old feared that lighting might strike a third time.
"The last couple of races, getting pole position and dropping back so much, there was also that little bit in the back of my mind today in the race - 'I hope it's going to last and I'm going to be able to pull it off today and not drop back again'," Rosberg added.
"It's not nice when you're starting in front and dropping back."