Did Rosberg step up or Hamilton stumble?

Did Rosberg step up or Hamilton stumble?

Nico Rosberg has been on the ropes all season, but in Spain he rediscovered the form that made him a legitimate 2014 title contender. BEN ANDERSON examines how the turnaround happened

Nico Rosberg badly needed this result. More than he let on, probably. And in a Formula 1 race where Mercedes comprehensively asserted itself over a resurgent Ferrari, it was imperative that Rosberg took a big step towards arresting the incessant momentum that team-mate Lewis Hamilton built up in the title race across the first four grands prix of the season.

So far this year Rosberg has looked a shadow of the driver who more often than not was faster than anyone else in the F1 field, and who led much of the 2014 world championship.

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