Time for the end game

> Ros­berg tar­get­ing de­ci­sive win at Brazil­ian GP to seal ti­tle

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MERCEDES driver Nico Ros­berg can clinch his maiden For­mula One world ti­tle with a sec­ond and third place fin­ish in the re­main­ing races of the sea­son but in­tends to set­tle mat­ters quickly with vic­tory at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

“I’m not go­ing to change my ap­proach,” Ros­berg said on the For­mula One web­site yes­ter­day. “I need to keep do­ing what helps me per­form at my best and that’s go­ing for the win every time.

“There are still two races to go and any­thing can hap­pen in this sport, so I need to fo­cus my en­ergy on the fac­tors that I have in my con­trol.”

Ros­berg leads team­mate and de­fend­ing cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton by 19 points mean­ing vic­tory in Sao Paolo on Sun­day – where he has won the last two years – would clinch the ti­tle.

“I’ve got good form in Sao Paulo,” the Ger­man added. “It’s one of the real clas­sic tracks, which usu­ally pro­duce some ex­cit­ing races, so I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there and hav­ing a big bat­tle in front of those awe­some Brazil­ian fans.”

Hamil­ton, plagued by poor starts and me­chan­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties ear­lier in the sea­son, has walked a tightrope in the last two races. He won from pole in both the United States and Mexico to keep his cham­pi­onship hopes alive.

“The speed has been there all sea­son – I just haven’t al­ways had the op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of it,” Hamil­ton said.

“In terms of the cham­pi­onship, it’s an un­usual sce­nario to be in – fight­ing for some­thing and not know­ing for sure that what you do will guar­an­tee you’re able to make it.

“One out­come would be painful and the other would be a great achieve­ment. Re­gard­less, I’m go­ing to keep push­ing.”

The In­ter­la­gos track is one of the few on the cal­en­der which has not seen a Hamil­ton vic­tory. But Sao Paolo does have good mem­o­ries for the Bri­ton as it was there in 2008 he se­cured his first ti­tle with a last-lap pass on Timo Glock to se­cure the de­ci­sive points.

“Since the be­gin­ning of my For­mula One ca­reer I’ve seen that ev­ery­thing can change even at the very last mo­ment, so you have to fight to the bit­ter end,” he said.

“I’ve never won in Brazil, so I go into this week­end fo­cused on chang­ing that.” Should Hamil­ton win, the cham­pi­onship will then be de­cided at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Novem­ber 27 – re­gard­less of Ros­berg’s per­for­mance in Brazil. – dpa

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