Nico Rosberg will be back to his best in Formula 1 now that he has beaten Lewis Hamilton in a straight fight, reckons Niki Lauda.
Just a week after the German's world championship hopes were finally killed off when he ran off track in Austin, Rosberg produced a brilliant performance to triumph at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Lauda is adamant that all the anger Rosberg had at what went wrong in the United States Grand Prix will have been wiped away by his latest triumph.
“It is unbelievable for him,” said Lauda. “I felt sorry for Nico because I know what it is getting blown off all the time, and the worst thing is when you screw a race up and the other guy is champion. That’s the worst thing that can happen to a racing driver.
“Therefore it is good that this race was the other way around, so he gets his stability back and he will keep on fighting.”
Triumph for team
Rather than the result being just good for Rosberg, Lauda thinks the fact Hamilton was beaten in a straight fight is a huge positive for Mercedes too.
“For me the most important is these guys push each other,” he said. “And if one doesn’t push any more, then the other one doesn't go as quick. So this calibration is back. That’s good for us and the drivers.
“Nico was better than Lewis. This is what we want – one or the other. Not Vettel.”