Confident Nico ready for duel in the desert
Rosberg feels he can win maiden F1 title in Abu Dhabi
For the second time in three years Nico Rosberg will arrive in the UAE knowing that he can win a maiden Formula One title in Abu Dhabi.
Back in 2014 the German trailed his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 17 points after the Briton had five wins in the previous six races.
With double points on offer Rosberg qualified in pole position but was let down by his car as engine problems led to him finishing down in 14th place.
This time around it is Rosberg who holds the advantage. Even if he finishes in third and Hamilton wins he will land the title thanks to his 12-point advantage heading into the final race of the season at Yas Marina Circuit.
“Nothing in this sport is easy, so this won’t be any different and I still have to go all out for a good result,” said Rosberg. “But I have great memories from winning at this track last year and it’s somewhere I’ve usually been strong in the past, so I have every reason to feel confident. “The closer it gets, the more I’m feeling excited. “It will be a big battle and hopefully the fans will get a great show to end the year.”
Hamilton has admitted that he is facing “pretty impossible odds” to overcome his teammate, but Mercedes chief Toto Wolff still believes there will be an immense battle on Sunday evening.
“We have one very important final duty this season – to give Nico and Lewis the platform they need to battle it out to the flag,” said Wolff. “Both of them have been exceptional and either one would make a worthy champion.
“It’s been a gruelling year for us all, with a record-breaking calendar and the added challenge of a new regulation set to prepare for in 2017. “After such a battle of endurance, the winner can say without doubt that they have earned it.”
The Abu Dhabi race weekend starts on Friday at 1pm, with qualifying getting under way on Saturday at 5pm and the race starting on Sunday also at 5pm.