The German star also won here inas he dominated the early stages of the Formula 1 season. The Mercedes man heads to Monaco this weekend on the hunt this time. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton currently boasts a point lead in the individual standings, although Rosberg did cut the deficit to the Brit with a classy performance in the Spanish Grand Prix last time out. Rosberg kickstarted his season with a win in the Spanish Grand Prix. Not only will the reigning world champion be desperate to get back on the top step of the podium after losing out to his team-mate last time, but the Brit will be buoyed after penning a lucrative new deal with his current employers, per Paul Weaver of the Guardian.
Photo: Reuters Always one of the most intriguing points of the Formula 1 calendar, the European swing of the season gets underway this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix. With three weeks since the last race in Bahrain, there has been crucial time for all of the teams to develop their cars.
For Mercedes and world champion Lewis Hamilton that means attempting to stay in front in what has become an unexpectedly tight battle with Ferrari.
It looked set to be a year dominated by Mercedes, but Ferrari have so far made the championship race far more intriguing. Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in just his second race for the Italian team in Malaysia, while Kimi Raikkonen split the Mercedes when finishing second behind Hamilton in Bahrain.
And Ferrari have brought significant upgrades with them to Barcelona this weekend, although Vettel continues to insist that they have not yet breached the gap to Mercedes. We've probably done the same as everyone else but hopefully we'll have a bigger update and a better lap time to catch up to the guys in front, Mercedes.
The championship leader has enjoyed his time out of the car over the past three weeks, including taking in the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last week.
Yet Hamilton has still not put pen to paper on a new contract with Mercedes despite months of negotiations. He insists, though, that he is ecstatic with his current situation.
When you have had a season like we had last year it is not easy to continue or do better and the surprising thing is that it has been better than last year.
But there is still a long, long way to go.
While the team he left last year, Ferrari, has been causing a stir at the front of the grid, his new team McLaren has yet to score a single point and has been languishing ignominiously at the back of the pack. But after some minor encouragement last time out, Alonso is hoping McLaren can further increase its competitiveness in front of his adoring fans.
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