Winning State of Mind
Following Nico Rosberg’s historical win in Shanghai the F1 world moves to the Middle East and with three different drivers having won the three Grand Prix we’ve had so far, it will most definitely be thrilling to see who can clinch the win in Bahrain. Rosberg will be a contender with him and Mercedes considered to be the pacesetters of the season so far. Sure, it was the first time we saw a performance worth mentioning from the team but because the weekend of the Chinese Grand Prix was the only one that had stable conditions throughout, from practice to the chequered flag, it is the only one that has given us any indication as to where the teams relatively are in terms of performance. Jenson Button echoed this sentiment when he said “I’m sure this won’t be Nico’s first and last win“.
It took the 26 year old 110 races before he was able to enjoy the sweet taste of victory meaning that he has only won 0.9% of the races in his Formula 1 career. However, there are other honours that he can enjoy. Not only did he give his team their first win since 1955 but he also became the first German driver in 73 years to win a Grand Prix in a German car. Whilst these facts don’t define a driver’s career, I’m sure they’re nice accolades to have.
So, it took Nico a while to get on to the top step of the podium but he is someone who has proven that he has the ability to win and I can’t think of any better motivator to keep winning than actually experiencing a victory. World Champion Jenson Button took slightly longer than Rosberg to get his first win. He raced in 112 Grands Prix before that big moment. Button won in Hungary in 2006 and didn’t win again until 2009 but he didn’t have a capable car. With a much tighter season this year, Rosberg’s Mercedes certainly has the capability of winning. Combining this with the extra confidence he has I wouldn’t be surprised to see him grabbing more wins in 2012 and years to come.
(Image taken from BBC Sport website)
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