Nico Rosberg is of the firm belief that his teammate Lewis Hamilton is capable of a comeback. The 33-point gap is a single Rosberg retirement away from becoming a straight head-to-head between the Mercedes drivers in a season that has proven that anything can happen.
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) October 8, 2016
Rosberg said after his win in Japan that,
“I can tell you behind the scenes he has been as focused as ever. Because – especially after a setback like Malaysia – he was working the longest hours I have seen him work for many, many months trying to find those little bits of lap time. I have seen him extremely motivated and focused with the engineers.
I haven’t seen any self destruction. The Lewis I saw was massively motivated and focused, because I don’t see the media over the race weekend and even after.
Lewis is my teammate and he will always be fighting. He will always be tough to beat, but there are still many races to go. The approach I have [is working] – coming here, focusing on the weekend, trying to get that win and I got it.”
– Nico Rosberg
Last season, Rosberg outscored Hamilton by 14-points in the final four races, the team managed a 1-2 finish at each race. If Hamilton were to win every remaining race with Rosberg finishing 2nd, the German would clinch the title by 5-points.
Hamilton was full of praise for Mercedes as they wrapped their third Constructors Title in Japan. He said,
“For now it’s important we all cherish this moment because together we have created history. In decades to come we will look back on these days and remember how incredible they were.”
– Lewis Hamilton
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 9, 2016
The next race takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A massive race in the fight between the Silver Arrows. Since COTA joined the Formula One calendar in 2012, Lewis Hamilton has never finished behind his teammate. A smooth weekend around here will surely mean a win for the British driver?