23 September 2014
F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Rosberg keen ‘to get the constructors’ out of the way’
Having seen his F1 championship lead blown out of the water by a DNF in Singapore, Nico Rosberg says he is ready to face a five-race shoot-out with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg has admitted that Mercedes winning the F1 constructors' title can't come quickly enough, particularly with team-mate Lewis Hamilton having wiped out his lead in the drivers' standings.
Rosberg was the victim of Mercedes' ongoing reliability problems on Sunday night, hobbled by an electrical problem from the moment he left the pits, which led to only his second DNF after 13 laps. Unable to do anything to deny Hamilton from winning the race, the German saw his 22-point advantage turned into a three-point deficit with five rounds remaining, but refuses to be dispirited.
“It is what it is,” he said of what is now effectively a five-race championship, “It's just a couple of points, whatever, so it is what it is. I'll take it from there.”
With the teams' title still a priority for the Three Pointed Star, Rosberg - who spent the remainder of the race watching from the pit-wall - knows that he and Hamilton will not be fully unleashed into their own private battle until at least after the Japanese Grand Prix in ten days' time, and admits that that is a moment he is looking forward to.
“It would be good to get the constructors' out of the way,” he conceded, “[but], at the moment, I'm disappointed with today and just want to dig in with the team to understand what went wrong.
“Until they switched my car off and pushed it into the garage, I still believed in doing a good race. I was trying to go as fast as possible, but the car was..... I was definitely fighting - full speed and full attack - but there was no way to pass with no DRS, no hybrid power and no fourth gear, no sixth gear - I only had third, fifth and seventh...
“The dash was working and the gearshift was working, but that was it - no clutch, nothing else, just gearshift and dash... and lights. It was strange as some things were working and others weren't.”
Rosberg, who has won four races to Hamilton's seven this season, has enjoyed better reliability and generally been able to salvage points when his car has run into trouble. While he does not put too much store in the perception that his team-mate has been handicapped more harshly by DNFs, the German insists that reliability is something Mercedes still needs to address.
“I don't demand anything,” he noted, “I don't demand anything different from what I've hoped for in the past, which they are doing. They are really focused on reliability, working crazy hours, working really hard, but they need to review their approach and try and improve in that area. But I don't demand because everybody wants the same thing and everyone is doing the best possible job to try and improve.”
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