'Gutted' Rosberg says Spain was his race to win

Sun May 15, 2016 1:25pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A 'gutted' Nico Rosberg said Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix had been his to win until a collision with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton dumped him in the gravel and ended a run of seven successive victories.

Formula One stewards summoned both drivers after the first lap accident between the sport's dominant pairing and decided to take no further action.

Rosberg, the world championship leader, had seized the lead at the start from Hamilton, who was on pole position, but then lost speed into turn three when he entered an incorrect setting on the steering wheel.

That left a difference between the two of around 17 kph, with Hamilton trying to pass on the inside but squeezed onto the grass where he lost control and skidded back across the track and into Rosberg.

"I was sure that it was my race to win," said Rosberg, who would have become only the third driver to win the first five races of a season after Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell.

"I saw Lewis closing in and as soon as I could I closed the door with a clear strong move to make sure he understands that there's not going to be space there," said Rosberg. "I was very surprised that he went for it anyway."

The German said he had been fully concentrated on the battle and had been fully aware of where the Briton was at all times.

"At the moment I'm just extremely gutted," he said. "I'm not just gutted for myself but for everybody because we are one team and all together in this.   Continued...

Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg attends the second free practice. Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack, Montmelo, Spain - 13/5/16. REUTERS/Juan Medina.