22 July 2014
Rosberg not relying on momentum in F1 title push
Nico Rosberg is only looking as far ahead as this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix when thinking about the 2014 F1 world championship battle.
A week after his native Germany won football's World Cup, Nico Rosberg leant on the old round ball cliché of taking things one game at a time when discussing his own bid for world championship success.
Asked whether his victory at Hockenheim on Sunday had allowed him to regain the upper hand in his battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton heading to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the German insisted that he was only focusing on trying to win each race and not looking at the significance of which way fortune was swinging.
“Let's forget momentum,” he joked with journalists after his fourth success of the season, “Let's go for race-by-race - winning [in Germany] is awesome.
“There's too much talk about momentum. I won [in Germany] and I just want to go to Hungary and win in Hungary.”
Success at Hockenheim allowed Rosberg to extend his yo-yoing championship lead over Hamilton back to 14 points after the Briton could 'only' manage third place from 20th on the grid after a brake-induced crash in qualifying, and had a warning for both his team-mate and the rest of the field with nine rounds remaining.
“I'm doing the same as always but, of course, with experience, I like to think that I'm getting better and better all the time as a driver,” he suggested, “Also, I've never had a car like this before, where I'm able to win every single race if I do a good job, so I'm just enjoying the moment. It's very special to have such an amazing car.”
Despite the dominance of the W05 Hybrid, it is not perfect, as Hamilton found out in qualifying, and Rosberg referenced after a race that saw him struggle with his own braking and tyre issues. Admitting that potentially changing brakes for Hungary was an ongoing process, however, the German was happier to see that the removal of FRICS had done little to close the gap between Mercedes and its rivals.
“In the race, that's been great to see, as, without FRIC, we're still dominant,” he commented, “In qualifying, we already saw in Austria that Williams has beaten us, and we need to look at why they're a bit closer, relatively, in qualifying because we don't understand that. But we're still the dominant force – that's great to see and we need to keep it going.”
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