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Nico Rosberg: “I’m looking forward to getting back out there”

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Nico Rosberg - Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Championship leader Nico Rosberg heads into the United States Grand Prix this weekend eyeing a better result than he managed a year ago at the Circuit of the Americas.

Whilst leading in 2015, the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver made a mistake to allow team-mate Lewis Hamilton into the lead, a result that gave the Briton the World Championship, and the German driver is looking to make amends this year.

“We’ve got four more races left of this season for everyone to hopefully enjoy some great action on track – starting of course in Austin this weekend,” said Rosberg. “It’s a great circuit, with some really challenging sections and a few good opportunities for overtaking.

“The city itself is awesome and I’m sure everyone in the paddock looks forward to this one. Last year this race obviously didn’t work out so great for me, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and doing my best to get it right this time. Hopefully we won’t have the same weather as last year – that was pretty crazy!

“Mostly I hope it stays dry for the fans: they were amazing waiting out in the rain last time, so they’re owed a nice dry weekend I think! They give us such great hospitality that they deserve an exciting show, so we’ll do our best to provide that.”

Rosberg spent some time in the United Kingdom celebrating with the team after they clinched the Constructors’ Championship last time out in Japan, feeling the whole team deserved their third consecutive title, even if they have one eye on developing their 2017 machine.

“It was a great week, heading back to the U.K. with the Constructors’ Championship in the bag and celebrating with all our colleagues at Brackley and Brixworth,” admitted Rosberg.

“They’ve worked so hard and really deserve this moment. It’s job done in that battle for this year – but I know they’re already focused on 2017.”

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