Nico Rosberg is the third son of a winning grand prix driver to win a grand prix. Got that? He’s also the only son of a living world champion to win a race, and he’s the first driver of a works Mercedes F1 car to win a race since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955. In short: it’s been a very emotional day for the Rosberg family in Shanghai!
And it’s going to be a long night. As much as the whole team wants to celebrate this historic moment, the freight has to be packed up this evening because it leaves the Shanghai paddock at midnight. Dismantling the garage is an all-hands-on-deck affair and only when it’s done can the celebrations begin.
Ross Brawn, the team principal of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, and Nico have organised an impromptu party once the team have finally finished work to celebrate. The team will then fly to Bahrain tomorrow, along with all the other teams in the pitlane, and they will start work at Sakhir on Tuesday morning ahead of next weekend’s race. With the circuit characteristics being similar to Shanghai, Mercedes must feel quietly confident about their chances in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“If Nico wins by 20s again next weekend,” says Mark Webber, “then the rest of us know we’ve got
While Nico’s win was a first for him, something occurred in the Paddock Club today that had never been seen before. A Chihuahua wearing a pearl necklace (no jokes please - Ed) was smuggled into the track by one of the Chinese guests and it proceeded to help its owner eat her expensive lunch. How did it get past Paddock security, we hear you ask? In a diamond embroidered handbag!
With so little time to pack up before leaving the Shanghai International Circuit, team catering staff were thinking of ways to dispose of food quickly this evening. Someone had the bright idea of feeding the fish in the lake next to the hospitality units and it proved a hit with the coy carp. They were going mad for bread and even chicken curry!