Ros­berg re­fuses to get car­ried away in ti­tle race

Ger­man did not ex­pect such a great start to the sea­son

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

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

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