Nico Rosberg: “I have to treat this like any other race”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Although Nico Rosberg felt the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix was not what he had hoped for, he still remains confident heading into the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer heads into the race at the Yas Marina Circuit with a twelve point advantage over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings, and is determined to end the year on a high with another Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory.

“Obviously, the result in Brazil wasn’t the one I was going for,” said Rosberg. “But Lewis did a great job and second place wasn’t a disaster in the end.

“I’m looking forward now to Abu Dhabi. It feels great to be in the World Championship battle with Lewis for a third year in a row. I will give it everything to end the season with a win.”

Rosberg has enjoyed a relaxing time in between races, and is going to keep on doing what he does best on track in Abu Dhabi, and will be looking to make it ten wins for the season on Sunday.

“I’ve had a great week, relaxing and catching up with my family and friends, so I feel like I’m in a good place,” said Rosberg. “In Brazil, after the race, I was joking that I would still be taking things one race at a time. But, the more I think about it, the more that’s actually not as crazy as it sounds.

“I have to treat this like any other race. Doing a good job on a Grand Prix weekend is always a challenge. Nothing in this sport is easy, so this won’t be any different and I still have to go all out for a good result.

“I have great memories from winning at this track last year and it’s somewhere I’ve usually been strong in the past, so I have every reason to feel confident. The closer it gets, the more I’m feeling excited. It will be a big battle and hopefully the fans will get a great show to end the year.”