Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has said it would be 'amazing' for him to win his home German Grand Prix this weekend.
Since his disappointing retirement in the British Grand Prix last time out, when a gearbox problem forced him out and allowed his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton to slash his championship lead from 29 points to just four, Rosberg has made the most of the two week gap.
Indeed last Friday he married his long-term girlfriend Vivian Sibold and then this week he agreed a new long term deal with Mercedes
. He was also delighted to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the Football World Cup on Sunday and said a win now this weekend on home soil would be a remarkable way to end a special few days.
“It's been a very exciting week for sure. Germany also became world [football] champions which was awesome,” Rosberg said.
“It would an amazing end to the already the great times I've been having recently if I could win here at the German Grand Prix,” he added.
"I look forward to the race here. It is my second home race - I have Monaco and here - so I'm very fortunate in that sense. I have two home races. I look forward to all the support and really hope to do a fantastic job.”
As for the championship, Rosberg insisted he is not really thinking about it and is still taking it one race at a time.
“In terms of the championship, how do I see it?” he pondered. “I just see it as the next race, which is Hockenheim. It is our home race [of course] and I really look forward to driving here.
“I'm here to win and to extend the championship lead and that is where it ends for me. At the moment, I'm really taking it race by race,” he confirmed.
“It is a great battle between us [Lewis and I]. Every race it's been us two fighting out for the win and it is fantastic. A tough battle also, but good. I'm sure it is going to continue like that for a long time and it will be very close."
Meanwhile, when quizzed on how he feels having had to change his special tribute helmet design for this weekend's race
- after FIFA said he wasn't allowed to have the World Cup trophy on top, he replied: “It is amazing that even a trophy has this trademark or whatever. That was a surprise. But of course I fully understand [FIFA's stance].”
“It is a pity because it [the helmet] looked really cool with the trophy on top. Anyway we have replaced it now with a big star and no one can take that away!
“The star is ours!”