Apr.16 (GMM/Inautonews.com) More wins could quickly follow for F1’s newest race victor, Nico Rosberg.
The Mercedes driver began the 2012 season with more than a century of races under his belt, causing some pundits to predict he will never taste winning champagne.
But he broke through in China just a day after his maiden pole.
“I took 113 (races to win) and he’s on 111,” 2009 world champion Jenson Button smiled in Shanghai.
Niki Lauda thinks Rosberg’s next wins will be easier.
“It (winning) gets easier,” the Austrian legend said in China late on Sunday, “because he know you can do it, and you’ve proved it.
“The next victories come quite quickly,” Lauda told the German broadcaster RTL.
Patrick Tambay won just two grands prix in consecutive seasons, 1982 and 1983, but he said the first one – achieved in Keke Rosberg’s championship year – came with “a sense of completion”.
“After that, things seem easier,” said the Frenchman, “especially so when you’ve waited 110 grands prix!
“It will feel like a relief,” Tambay told RMC Sport. “Now, he’s still young at 26 but with a lot of experience; he has everything he needs to reproduce this victory.
“The first is the most difficult.”
However, Tambay thinks Rosberg has a fight on his hands if he thinks the Shanghai victory is a springboard to a potential championship challenge.
“I see the McLaren as the best car of the season. They passed up a good opportunity for the (China GP) win,” he said.