While the son of 1982 champion Keke sprayed the champagne to mark the end of an 111-race wait, the German manufacturer rolled back the decades to savour their first grand prix success as a works team since 1955.
"Brilliant race, Nico. Just brilliant," yelled team principal Ross Brawn over the radio as the 26-year-old let out a long and loud whoop of delight after taking the chequered flag.
Image: Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, center, celebrates after winning the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, Sunday, April 15, 2012. McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain, who finished second, is at left, and his third placed team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain is at right.