Rosberg refuses to get carried away in title race
German did not expect such a great start to the season
Nico Rosberg is trying to stay calm. After a perfect start to the F1 season, Rosberg heads into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix seeking his fifth win in as many races - and eighth in a row going back to last year.
He is coming off two consecutive pole positions and already has a significant lead over Mercedes teammate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
“Sport is all about ups and downs and being mentally prepared to bounce back stronger when they come,” said Rosberg.
“With a season this long you have to just take things race by race. There are 425 points still up for grabs and anything can happen.”
Rosberg has been in top form since the end of last year, when he won three in a row to close out the season on his way to a runner-up finish behind Hamilton.
He has continued to dominate in 2016 and is already 43 points ahead of his teammate, taking advantage of a series of mishaps that plagued the start of the season for the three-time world champion Hamilton.
“It’s not something I could have expected, winning the first four races of the year,” added Rosberg. “It’s been a great start but I’m just enjoying the moment and the form I’m in, doing my best to keep it going and hoping I can carry it through the end of the season.
“I’m connecting really well with the car, which is great as it gives you this awesome confidence to push the limits.”
Hamilton is trying to remain positive despite his disappointing start.
“We’ve got the car in a good place set up-wise,” said Hamilton. “I just haven’t been fully able to exploit it. So the glass is half full for me.
“It will be a big challenge but there’s a long way to go with 17 races left and, if the last four are anything to go buy, there’s a lot more still to come from us.”
Ferrari appears closer to Mercedes in speed this season, but have also been plagued by mechanical failures to both drivers. Kimi Raikkonen is third in the drivers’ standings, while Sebastian Vettel, who crashed at the Russian GP after twice being hit from behind by Daniil Kvyat, is fifth, 67 points behind Rosberg.
43 The lead Nico Rosberg has built at the top of the drivers’ championship