Having had his morale boosted by a consummate victory in Mexico City last time out, Nico Rosberg heads to the penultimate round of the 2015 F1 season looking to get the same feeling in Brazil.
The German already knows what it is like to stand on the top step of the Interlagos podium, having triumphed there last season, and, with second place in the standings still on the line despite making big gains over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Mexico, he is keen to add another 25 points this weekend.
“I'm really pumped to get to Sao Paulo and get back out on track after a great weekend in Mexico,” Rosberg admitted, “I have good memories from Brazil as I've usually been pretty quick there, and last year was a good battle with Lewis, when I came out on top.
“Standing on the top step after a hard-earned win, following in the footsteps of so many great drivers who have won there, and with the passionate Brazilian crowd cheering on - that was a great feeling. I'd love to experience that again, so the aim is to put on another good show for the fans and to carry my form from Mexico into this race. It's always a great feeling to head into a weekend on the back of a win, so I'm confident of a strong performance.”
With the odd exception, the majority of the F1 field enjoys the challenge of Interlagos, and Rosberg is no different. This year's race will be his tenth in Brazil but, like Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the German had not had much success there prior to last year's victory, with a fourth place for Williams back in 2007 his previous best result.
“Interlagos is one of the classic races on the calendar,” Rosberg observed, “It's a tricky circuit that's a really good challenge for a driver, with plenty of overtaking opportunities - and crazy weather that always makes for an action-packed race.”