Nico Rosberg insists he will not settle for second in any of the final three races of the season, and is aiming for victories, starting this weekend in Mexico City.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team racer leads the Drivers’ Championship by twenty-six points from team-mate Lewis Hamilton after finishing second to the Briton at the Circuit of the Americas last weekend, and although finishing second to his team-mate in all three remaining races would be enough to clinch the title, Rosberg is aiming for victories.
“I came into Sunday with a good chance of winning but it didn’t work out,” said Rosberg. “That’s the way it is, so I accept that and now it’s on to the next one in Mexico.
“My goal is to try and win there just as it has been at every race. Of course, to be in a Championship battle at the end of the year is awesome and I’m excited about that. But my approach is to keep it simple.
“There are many things that can happen during a race weekend which are out of your control, so it’s best to just block all that out and focus on the job at hand. That’s what’s worked best for me and how I feel at my strongest.”
Rosberg admits he is excited to race once more around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez again, having taken victory a year ago that start a run of seven consecutive race victories through the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.
“I’m excited to head back to Mexico City again,” said Rosberg. “Driving the track feels like being back at a kart circuit with all the tight corners and the noise and the atmosphere in the stadium section is really phenomenal.
“Standing on that podium last year was one of the best moments of my career, so I hope I can get back up there and experience it again. We’ve got three races left to enjoy this awesome Silver Arrow, so I’m planning on making the most of every moment.”