Despite seeing his tiny chances of winning the championship finally disappear last weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, Nico Rosberg is looking to have a strong end to the season, starting this weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the venue for the first Mexican Grand Prix since 1992.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS was visibly disappointed to lose the victory last weekend due to a mistake, with the mistake allowing team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take up a championship-winning position, but is ready to put that behind him and focus on enjoying himself in the last three events of the season.
“The Championship fight is over for me this year but I have three races left to make a big push, end this tough season on a high and make up for the disappointment of the past few races,” said Rosberg.
“My first chance is in Mexico and I’m sure everyone is really looking forward to the weekend. I love discovering new places and this one will definitely be a really interesting venue. If the Mexican fans we see in Austin are anything to go by, the atmosphere will be incredible!”
Rosberg joked about asking his father, 1982 Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, for advice about how to drive the Mexican track, but feels data gathering early in the weekend will be extremely important to get the best result possible.
“My father raced there once back in the 80’s so maybe he can give me a few tips… although the circuit is very different now and so are the cars, so maybe that’s not the best reference point!” joked Rosberg.
“Data will be very important in Mexico, of course, as it’s a track none of the current grid have driven before. Some of the more experienced engineers might know it – but the circuit and the cars will have changed so much since the sport last went there that it’s basically like starting from zero.
“That’s a big challenge and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve driven the circuit in the simulator to be as prepared as I can be, so let’s see what we can do.”