Rosberg checks Hamilton's momentum

Mon May 11, 2015 4:34am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - If last year is anything to go by, Nico Rosberg's Spanish Grand Prix victory could be the start of a run of success for the German that puts the heat back on Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Before Sunday's race, the fifth of 19 this season, double world champion Hamilton had racked up four pole positions in a row and won three times to build up a 27 point lead in the Formula One standings.

The Briton now heads home to Monaco knowing that, if the tide has not exactly turned, his momentum has at least been checked.

Those who wrote off Rosberg after the opening races, declaring him no match for his team mate and possibly psychologically scarred by last year's bruising campaign, may have to reconsider.

While Hamilton will want to show that Barcelona was no more than a blip, in a race that was no thriller, Rosberg has demonstrated he still has what it takes.

By his own admission, the German had a 'perfect race' on Sunday but he added that he had done nothing different to previous races.

"It's great to close up seven points to Lewis, great to go to Monaco next, I really like that track, and that's it. Early days," he told reporters.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said both men were mentally very resilient and predicted another close battle between them.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany celebrates his pole position, while team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles after the qualifying session of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea