Monaco Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg says “I need to raise my game” ahead of this weekend’s Canadian event despite claiming victory in the previous two races.
While the Mercedes driver dominated team-mate Lewis Hamilton fair and square at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in early May, Rosberg benefitted from a stroke of luck to secure his third consecutive Monte Carlo win two weeks ago.
The German was on course for a solid, albeit unspectacular second place behind championship leader Hamilton when a pit stop blunder handed him the victory on a silver platter. Although Rosberg remains aware of his good fortune, the 29-year-old is confident he can consistently challenge for wins on merit.
“I still can't quite believe I was standing on the top step in Monaco for the third time the other week, It was all very surreal and I don't think I've ever been so lucky,” said Rosberg.
“However, that weekend also showed that I need to raise my game even further in the battle this year. I've got the boost of two wins behind me now, there is a long way to go this season and I know there is more to come from me personally, so it's all to play for.”
Rosberg now vows to extend the momentum to Montreal, where he claimed a strong podium finish 12 months ago despite suffering a MGU-K issue and having to nurse his W05 home at reduced speed around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Canada was a really difficult race for us last year but an exciting one too. Hopefully we will avoid the traps that caught us out last year and it'll be another good battle for the fans to enjoy.”
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