Toto Wolff says "it is now a straight fight" between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the drivers' championship.

Hamilton took the lead in the standings for only the second time this season with victory in the Singapore Grand Prix, taking full advantage of Rosberg's early retirement. Wolff said that Mercedes had left the last race with mixed emotions but he is now fully aware that the two drivers are almost very similarly placed going in to the final five rounds.

"Singapore was a bittersweet event for the team, with both of our drivers producing strong performances throughout the weekend but only one leaving with the result he deserved on Sunday," Wolff said. "Whilst it was good to see the pace of our car used to full effect by Lewis in the race, Nico's problems left us under no illusions that our reliability must improve.

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"With five races to go and three points separating Lewis and Nico, it is now a straight fight between the two of them and each will be looking to gain the first advantage in Suzuka, one of the best driver's circuits in the sport.

"We are also now entering arguably the most intense phase of the racing season: the final quarter. Inside the team, motivation is stronger now than at any point so far this year. Every single one of us wants to finish 2014 in style."


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Taz: We'll see, be interesting to see if a certain diva takes a hissy fit if things don't go his way and Rosberg ends up been tossed under the bus by toto again.

I'll be in Atlanta on Sunday, any ideas if any channels show it over there? iPlayer will be blocked.

It's on NBCSN - Dish Network Channel 159 - they also have an app - if you can find someone with a dish account and use their user & p/w, you can watch on your tablet/phone