Nico Rosberg: “It’s maximum attack”

Nico Rosberg is looking to go on ‘maximum attack’ after his first retirement of the season at Monza cost him a near-certain podium finish and meant Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton escaped further ahead in the championship standings.

The German driver is looking for a strong Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, and despite sitting fifty-three points behind Hamilton, insists he will not give up on fighting his team-mate. He feels he has the pace, and hopes for a clean weekend unlike in 2014 when his race was affected by a steering wheel issue.

“Obviously, Monza didn’t go to plan,” said Rosberg. “It was gutting to miss out on a good result so close to the end but now I approach the final seven races with the attitude that there’s nothing to lose. It’s maximum attack and I won’t be giving up the fight, no way.

“Singapore is one of my favourite races, so that’s a good place to start. It’s so tough on everyone – physically and mentally – and I love that challenge. I was only a few thousandths off pole last year and feeling good for the race until a problem with the steering wheel ended my weekend.

“I know I’ve got the pace to win there, so I’m hoping for a clean weekend and a chance to unleash this silver beast under the lights.”