Ev­ery race a cup fi­nal: Ros­berg

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LEWIS Hamil­ton says it is “game on” in the world cham­pi­onship bat­tle, while Mercedes team-mate Nico Ros­berg is treat­ing ev­ery race “like a cup fi­nal”.

Reign­ing cham­pion Hamil­ton (31) holds a nine­point lead over his Ger­man ri­val after Ros­berg, also (31) was vic­to­ri­ous in Bel­gium on Sun­day.

That ended a run of four straight wins for the Bri­tish driver, who had trailed by 43 points after four races.

For­mula 1 heads to Italy this week­end, with eight races re­main­ing.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the bat­tle out there right now,” said Ros­berg, who is at­tempt­ing to em­u­late his father, Keke, who won the ti­tle in 1982.

“We’ve got sev­eral cars in the mix now which is ex­cit­ing for us and the fans. I’m tak­ing ev­ery race like a cup fi­nal.” Although Ros­berg equalled Hamil­ton’s six wins for the sea­son in Spa, the Bri­ton had an en­cour­ag­ing week­end, fin­ish­ing third de­spite start­ing on the back row be­cause of a 60-place penalty. “Spa was about as good as dam­age lim­i­ta­tion can get,” said Hamil­ton. “It’s game on for me now with the penal­ties out of the way and fresh en­gines ready to use. I can’t wait to get back out there.” The bat­tle for the ti­tle is as tight as it has been since Hamil­ton and Ros­berg were paired at Mercedes in 2013, with the for­mer look­ing for a hat-trick of world ti­tles. Team head Toto Wolff be­lieves it will re­main im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict a win­ner un­til the end of the sea­son. “My gut feel­ing is we will go long into the sea­son be­fore we see who comes out on top,” he said. — BBC Sport.

Nico Ros­berg

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