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Nico: “It’s an amazing feeling to win here at home”

Nico: “It’s an amazing feeling to win here at home”

Nico, it’s been a fantastic fortnight for you. How sweet is the taste of home victory champagne?

It’s an amazing feeling to win here at home. This one and Monaco are the ones I really want to win, so I came into the weekend really hoping for a good result and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant and I have to thank the team for this fantastic car. So many positive things have been happening for me in the last two weeks. Getting married was definitely the best feeling, then with the new contract, the World Cup for Germany and now this weekend with pole followed by a win. It’s just been awesome and today was another very special day for me. Everything has been really enjoyable and a big thank you to the fans for all their support. They were amazing to me this weekend – I even saw a Mexican wave at the start which was great!

It looked quite straightforward out there – would you agree and were you a surprised by that?

It was definitely one of the easier races. I’ve got used to having Lewis right there which is always a big battle – sometimes it’s nice for things to be a bit more straightforward! It was great to have him on the podium too, though. He did a fantastic job to come from the back to third and it means another great result for the team. I’m definitely a bit surprised by the advantage we had. Before the race I was worried that without the FRIC system the gap would be smaller, then in qualifying the Williams cars were quite close. But again we were the quickest out there. I did a two stop strategy, which was difficult to manage at the end of the stints as the tyres were almost gone. I definitely got a bit nervous when I saw Sutil’s car stranded out there too, because I was sure there was going to be a safety car. That would have obviously have made it a lot more difficult.

A lot of cause for celebration but not much time to do so with the next race coming up next week already?

Yeah, we’ll definitely be celebrating a little bit tonight and I hope the fans will be as well – it would be great to continue the football World Cup spirit today a little bit! I'm so happy for Mercedes – it was the first win for many, many years in Germany. I’m very, very thankful to the team for the car that they’ve built us. It’s really a pleasure to drive at the moment and I think in Hungary it will be good again, so I’m looking forward to the next race.

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