Nico Rosberg isn't about to give Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton any leeway, despite the Briton hoping to give the Silverstone crowd a home win on Sunday.
The pair go into the British Grand Prix separated by just ten points after Rosberg took a comfortable win last time out in Austria, redressing the Hamilton win in Montreal that erased the previous ten-point margin that existed after Monaco. The German, however, is on something of a roll, having won three of the last four rounds – albeit being handed the Monaco win by a team gaffe – and insists that he is not about to take his foot off Hamilton's throat even if their motorhomes are allegedly parked, amicably, side-by-side in the Silverstone paddock.
“It's important for me to keep closing the gap to him,” Rosberg admitted, “It's a good period of the season for me now and I want to keep that going. He's still ten points ahead and I need to keep picking away at that quickly, but ten points is nothing, especially if you look at the length of the season still [remaining]. I think the battle is going to go on for a long time, whatever happens this weekend.”
Asked what had changed to suddenly propel him to his run of wins, the German admitted that there was no clinical explanation.
“Nothing has changed – it's just the way sport is,” he noted, admitting that he had had to overcome doubts about his performance, “It goes in different ways and that's the best explanation I have for it. For sure, doubt is a part of it, but I learned to believe I can always push through.
“Austria was a great weekend for me for sure, especially as it was one of those that wasn't difficult. That was great to see, just to be quicker all the way through. Racecraft was something I needed to work on after last season and I feel like I've made a good step.”
Without a true 'home' race of his own due to the cancellation of the German Grand prix, Rosberg said that he wouldn't be thinking too much about denying Hamilton success in front of his legions of fans, rather preferring to focus on rewarding the efforts of those working on the Mercedes programme down the road in Brackley.
“I know how important this weekend is for all my team colleagues at the factory and the best way I can say thank you for the great car they've built is to get a 1-2 for the team on Sunday,” he concluded.