Rosberg downplays winning streak

Despite Championship leader Nico Rosberg dominating once again during the Russian Grand Prix as he stormed to victory at the Sochi Autdrom, he insisted that there is still 17 races to go through.

Making it his seventh victory in a row, the German is adamant that his rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton will be breathing down his neck as the season progresses so he can’t rest on his laurels for too long.

"It’s four races from 21," the 30-year-old said.

"Lewis is going to come back of course. He’s on it and as motivated as ever.

"So, early days, just taking it race by race, looking forward to Spain now.

"We have such an incredible car, which is really a pleasure to drive, so just want to try to win races."

Asked if he was concerned when Hamilton began to eek into his gap midway through the grand prix, the German blamed traffic for that happening, saying he always felt "comfortable."

"No, for sure, I mean I knew the gap to Lewis and it was just through the traffic. If I get the traffic first I lose a couple of seconds, then he gets it and it opens up again.

"No, I was feeling really comfortable today, especially at the end of the race, in the last 15 I opened the gas and pushed a little bit more because I knew it was safe to push and definitely get to the end of the race with that set of tyres.

"It was working really well. The whole weekend. Even in qualifying. Seldom had such an awesome car. So, special weekend."

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