Ros­berg stay­ing fo­cused

Ger­man won’t be dis­tracted by ti­tle talk at the Mex­i­can GP

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Nico Ros­berg in­sists he will be solely fo­cused on win­ning the Mex­i­can Grand Prix and will not be dis­tracted by the fact he could wrap up the world ti­tle this week­end at the Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro­driguez.

De­spite com­ing sec­ond to Mercedes team­mate and cham­pi­onship ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton last week­end in Austin, Ros­berg can still win the world ti­tle in Mex­ico.

The Ger­man must be vic­to­ri­ous and see Hamil­ton fin­ish out­side of the points to be crowned cham­pion with two races to spare.

“Of course I’m aware of that,” said Ros­berg. “It’s an ob­vi­ous cal­cu­la­tion, which ev­ery­body is telling me and it's great. But the ap­proach is keep it sim­ple – just look for the race win.”

Ros­berg owes some of his ad­van­tage to the fact that Hamil­ton has had re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems through­out the sea­son. But he is not al­low­ing him­self to think about the fact his car is due a tech­ni­cal fail­ure.

“That’s not within my con­trol so I com­pletely block that out,” added Ros­berg.

Hamil­ton, mean­while, has ex­pressed his con­cerns over me­chan­i­cal fail­ures and even the fear of his car ex­plod­ing.

“Not many sea­sons there can be 100 per cent re­li­a­bil­ity on a car,” said Hamil­ton. “Will that be the case on Nico’s? I guess time will tell. “I can’t get fix­ated on that. I just have to fo­cus on mine. “I am hop­ing that for these last three races I have 100 per cent re­li­a­bil­ity. That would be a breath of fresh air and I will try to utilise that op­por­tu­nity with driv­ing as I did last week­end. “All I can do is do my best. Nico’s been driv­ing fan­tas­ti­cally well all year. So the bat­tle will con­tinue. I’ll be go­ing for it.”

The prob­lem for Hamil­ton is that even if he wins the next three races he could still lose out on the ti­tle to Ros­berg.

A fact that F1 fi­nan­cial supremo Bernie Ec­cel­stone be­lieves would be bad for the sport as “there is noth­ing to write about him”.

That com­ment has, how­ever, been con­demned by Mercedes tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Nikki Lauda, who called Ec­cel­stone’s crit­i­cism “very un­fair and quite ex­ces­sive”.

Mean­while, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff be­lieves the ti­tle could go down to the last race in Abu Dhabi.

He said: “Nico was very strong in Sin­ga­pore, Lewis in Malaysia, Nico in Ja­pan and Lewis in Austin. It keeps bounc­ing be­tween the two so I’m very cu­ri­ous to see how it is go­ing to go.”

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