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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Approach won't change, says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg says he will race the same as always in the 2014 F1 Italian Grand Prix and that he won't be more careful in his duels with team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, despite what happened at Spa
Championship leader Nico Rosberg says he will race the same as always this weekend at Monza and that the approach will be the same, despite what happened in Belgium, when he collided with team-mate, Lewis Hamilton on the second lap.

Rosberg was subsequently disciplined by Mercedes after he "acknowledged his responsibility for the contact", but insisted on Thursday that he won't now have to be more careful in a wheel-to-wheel situation with the sister car.

“It has been very clear from the beginning that we must not have contact between us team-mates,” he noted, “and so from that point of the view the approach doesn't change for the future.

“It is the same.”

Asked if he felt he had been the victim of a media witch hunt after what happened at Spa, he replied: “I respect the opinions and for me I really try and focus on driving a race car fast and working with the team – getting the best out of the situation and also importantly enjoying the moment.

“I am very lucky to have such a car. It is very seldom in F1. I go to every race now and I know I can get pole and I can win the race with the car that I have. The team is doing an unbelievable job.

“Also with the development, keeping it up and pushing further and further and further. The other guys are not getting closer really. That is great [for us]. My focus is on that and making the most of it.”

Rosberg also insisted that he was the one that decided to apologise for what happened two weeks ago and that he wasn't made to do so by Mercedes.

“They can't make me apologise. Definitely, it was a decision that came from me after hearing people's opinions and after having looked at it myself again.

“It was just time [that made me re-consider]. I took the week to think about it and have look at it. Then we discussed with the team on Friday. In the end I decided it was me that needed to take responsibility for it.

“I felt it was my responsibility,” he stated.

“I was not proud of the way it went because in general I really want to contribute to 'my sport'. I want it to be the most entertaining sport in the world and if I can contribute to that throughout the season, I am very happy about that.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg confirmed that Niki Lauda has apologised for his own comments immediately after the race in Belgium. Lauda was quite vocal in apportioning blame firmly on the shoulders of Rosberg.

“Yes, that is true. That was nice gesture from him and I have of course fully accepted [his apology].

“Also there, it is a thing of the past.”

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September 04, 2014 4:07 PM
Last Edited 121 days ago

Today's F1 cars are so fragile (especially front wings which are also wide and sharp) that basically any close fight is impossible. You can either fight and then you risk almost 100% probability of some car damage, or you can give up and let your opponent through. What can Nico (and other drivers) do? This is F1, they're here to race, and Nico's fighting for the world title. He won't back off.

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