‘ Like any other race’

> Ti­tle favourite Ros­berg treat­ing Abu Dhabi fi­nale as just an­other GP event

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NICO ROS­BERG is try­ing to treat the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix “like any other race” as he goes into the For­mula One sea­son fi­nale on the verge of his first world cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The Mercedes driver, who won last sea­son in Abu Dhabi, needs to finish on the podium to clinch the ti­tle ahead of team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton, even if the Bri­ton wins.

“I will give it ev­ery­thing to end the sea­son with a win,” Ros­berg said on the For­mula One web­site.

“In Brazil, af­ter the race, I was jok­ing that I would still be tak­ing things one race at a time. But, the more I think about it, the more that’s ac­tu­ally not as crazy as it sounds. I have to treat this like any other race.”

Hamil­ton still has hopes he can win a third straight world ti­tle and a fourth of his ca­reer af­ter mak­ing it three wins in a row with his first vic­tory at the Brazilian GP.

“It’s not been a per­fect sea­son and I’m faced with pretty im­pos­si­ble odds no mat­ter what I do this week­end,” he said.

“But I can’t and won’t give up. You never know what might hap­pen – how­ever un­likely it may seem.”

Ros­berg is 12 points ahead in the stand­ings and among the race per­mu­ta­tions if Hamil­ton wins in Abu Dhabi, Ros­berg just needs to finish third to clinch the ti­tle.

The ti­tle bat­tle is be­tween the two Mercedes driv­ers at the fi­nal race for the sec­ond time in three years and comes at the end of F1’s long­est sea­son with 21 races.

Mercedes mo­tor­sport chief Toto Wolff said the team’s fi­nal duty of the sea­son would be to give Ros­berg and Hamil­ton the plat­form to race to the end. “Both of them have been ex­cep­tional and ei­ther one would make a wor­thy cham­pion,” he said. – dpa

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