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F1 Hungarian GP: Rosberg insists F1 title challenge isn’t stalling

Nico Rosberg is refusing to consider that his momentum in the F1 title race is stalling as Lewis Hamilton reduces the lead margin to a single point.
Nico Rosberg has dismissed suggestion his F1 title challenge is losing momentum in the wake of four wins in the last five races for his rival and team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Four wins from the opening four races had seen Rosberg command a 43 point advantage over Hamilton as recently as the Monaco Grand Prix, but a run of four victories in five races for the defending champion has seen the margin shrink to just a single point.

Coming in the wake of controversial results in Austria and Great Britain for the German, Rosberg says he is choosing to remain positive about his chances and won't be dwelling on the looming threat of the in-form Hamilton.

“It has been a very good first half of the season and leading the championship, so it's been a pretty damn good start to the season which I'm pleased about. I've had some good races, I had a good race in Austria which went wrong, yeah it can happen and then a good run out there in the dry today, well not so much in the beginning of the race, so there's a lot of positives.

“Anyway I'm feeling great and the battle is on with Lewis, I'm not counting points because it's still such a long way to go and I don't like to do that. For me, the best thing is to win races, which is what I want to do at the moment, just focus on the races and don't look at what is going to happen in six months' time.”

Nevertheless, Rosberg admits his dominant start to the year did somewhat flatter to deceive as his main rivals hit various problems.

“You must remember that I benefitted from the others, having a very, very messy start, my competitors. That definitely has changed.” 



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tommytrojan1

July 13, 2016 6:54 AM

SkidCarrera: Anything can happen in F1 and usually does, as dear old Murray used to say. No driver would ever say his challenge was over at this stage, so this is a bit of a non-story really.
Couldn't agree more on both points - particularly the latter. This is the sort of 'journalism/story' we have grown accustomed to on this site when they actually have nothing better to write about. I mean really - what's Nico supposed to stay? 'Yep, looks as though the season is well and truly over for me - might as well concede the title now'. Who give the green light to these 'news' articles?



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