• Australian GP

Rosberg admits Mercedes 'not 100% sorted'

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While he basked in his win at the season-opening race, Nico Rosberg flagged that Lewis Hamilton's early retirement was a reminder to Mercedes that reliability could be its biggest worry in 2014.

"I am not sure what happened to the other car but for sure it is a fact that we are not 100% sorted yet," he said. "We know that. The team did a great job to get my car working so well in the race today but there is still work to be done. We have two weeks now and we need to identify all the things we can do better.

"Our competitors aren't going to be asleep. Definitely they are going to try to catch up quickly, So just try to learn as much as we can, improve the car, go on holiday a little bit next week and then get ready for Malaysia."

He said it had been an "amazing"day and a "perfect start" to the season. "I had an unbelievably quick car today. It was such a pleasure to drive such a great car, and I look forward to the next races … it's so fast.

"I don't think people can really imagine how hard everybody works in my team and I'm sure in other teams too, so that's just the best reward possible. To dominate in such a way the first week, the first race out."

He said his only real problem has come midway through the race. "I got into a bit of a strange situation in that middle stint because I got graining on the front and then somehow I was losing temperature and somehow it started to get really difficult out there. So, I thought I was going to have to come in soon and they just said try to stay out, try to stay out and I did and then the graining cleared on my tyre and I was off, I was able to go again.

"It was a bit of a strange period but then it was fine again after that."