If the old saying “what a difference a week makes” needed a case study, it would be the differences in performance and attitude that the crestfallen Nico Rosberg displayed on Mexican tarmac after the rather public self-implosion we all witnessed in Texas seven days previously.
Apart from a little mistake after the Safety Car period – one that could have so easily gone against him on any other day – Rosberg put in a towering performance to keep his now three-time world champion teammate at bay. Of course, it’s all a little too late to be the difference maker in 2015, but how about producing the hope that 2016 could be his year?
It’s slightly ironic that Nico drove the way he did on the eve of the Day of The Dead celebrations in Mexico; his reputation of being able to win races comprehensively, as well as being a serious title contender, has been given the jump start it needed after “capgate” and endless pictures of his sulkly, spoiled brat tantrum that reverberated around the world.
Honourable mentions – Valterri Bottas for taking the strategy Williams gave him and actually making iy work, something that seems to rarely happen these days. Daniil Kvyat for putting in another great run hampered by Renault power. Sergio Perez for proving again he’s the tyre whisperer of F1, and for making 40,000 Mexican’s roar in the stadium section for 71 laps.
But, Nico Rosberg is back to his best – and that’s why he’s been handed the Top Dog award for Mexico!