For those who had become disenchanted with Sebastian Vettel’s run of nine straight wins at the end of 2013 - Nico Rosberg’s win on Sunday in Melbourne will have come as a nice change.
However after such a dominant win that many are comparing to Vettel enjoyed towards the end of last year it seems the battle at the front may be one-sided for some time yet.
Mercedes were in a class of their own in Australia with only Lewis Hamilton’s retirement a blemish on what was a perfect weekend for the Brackley team.
Currently enjoying a holiday in Bali with his fiancee before heading to Malaysia, Rosberg admitted he now feels the same joy his countryman must have had last year.
“To know that I can keep going for poles and race wins is cool,” he told Sport Bild.
“I now know pretty well how Sebastian must have felt last year when he was winning by 30 seconds,” said Rosberg.
Rosberg’s 25 points was perhaps made more important by the failure to finish of several of key rivals including Hamilton and Vettel.
However with such an unpredictable season in store the German is far from getting ahead of himself.
“You can never rule out Red Bull,” said the 28-year-old. “I would almost have bet my house after the tests that they would still be in trouble (in Melbourne) but they were stronger than we expected.
“It shows that we cannot sleep,” Rosberg warned.
With the Mercedes appearing to have such an advantage some believe the only realistic competition Rosberg and Hamilton is themselves, and the now four-time Grand Prix winner admits this could cause a strain in the long-time relationship between the pair.
“We are not best friends, but we are fine,” he said.
“But I’m also aware that the more success we have, the more complicated our relationship will be.”
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