Rosberg ‘Not Counting Points’ in Driver Standings

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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Currently leading the driver standings, Nico Rosberg sounds a bit sheepish. Which is a double sh*t-storm when your boss is called Wolff.

The German insists that his bid for the World Championship isn’t stalling, despite Lewis Hamilton’s four wins in the last five races. Rosberg even went as far as acknowledging that his opening four wins came at the cost of his near competitors having technical issues.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 17: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the 4 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo with damage to the front wing during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 17: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives the 4 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo with damage to the front wing during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Rosberg said,

“You must remember that I benefitted from the others, having a very, very messy start, my competitors. That definitely has changed.”

– Nico Rosberg

It’s an honest observation that recognizes that Hamilton now seems to be free from the shackles of mechanical attrition, but the statement hardly shows fire. Whilst Hamilton does everything that he can to intimidate Rosberg, the German driver responds with calm and deals with the pressure well.

The difficulty lies in remaining calm on the track. The last lap move in Austria was wild enough to carry over the booing after the British Grand Prix. What Rosberg needs more than anything is a clean win over his team-mate and rival. Last time out in Hungary, Mercedes had a terrible race by their high standards. Hamilton finished 6th whilst Rosberg languished in 8th. There’s a real possibility that neither Mercedes driver will win the next race, but Nico will need to finish ahead if he wants to leave Hungary ahead in the standings.

Regarding his mindset for the 2016 World Championship, Rosberg sounds like he’s avoiding foresight. He said,

“Anyway I’m feeling great and the battle is on with Lewis, I’m not counting points because it’s still such a long way to go and I don’t like to do that. For me, the best thing is to win races, which is what I want to do at the moment, just focus on the races and don’t look at what is going to happen in six months’ time.”

– Nico Rosberg

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