Rosberg staying focused
German won’t be distracted by title talk at the Mexican GP
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.”