Following his cruise to victory at the Chinese GP, Nico Rosberg has joined an elite group of F1 drivers who have won 6 consecutive races. Ahead of him are Sebastian Vettel (9), Alberto Ascari (9) and Michael Schumacher (7) and triple world champion team mate has a best of 5 consecutive wins from the 2014 season along with greats like Jack Brabham, Jim Clarke and Nigel Mansell.
Wins in the upcoming Russian and Spanish GP’s would see Rosberg 2nd in the all time list of F1 drivers with 8 consecutive victories.
The Chinese GP in 2011 saw Nico Rosberg win his first race from 111 starts, putting him 5th in the list of drivers who started the most races before their first win.
- Mark Webber 130 races, won first in Germany 2009
- Rubens Barichello 123 races, won first in Germany 2000
- Jarno Truli 119 races, won first in Monaco 2004
- Jenson Button 113 races, won first in Hungary 2006
The prospects for Hamilton this year look even grimmer when you consider Mercedes are allowing their drivers free reign on engine mode selection. For three races Lewis has been playing catch up and by some analyst’s best guess has used around ½ an ICU more than his team mate.
Lewis was insistent following a horrendous race this weekend that the bad old days were history when he allowed adversity to get on top of him: “I definitely I don’t feel the dark cloud I’ve had in the past over me now,” said the British driver.
That said, another win for Rosberg next time out in Russia may play on the somewhat fragile mentality Hamilton has displayed in previous years.