Nico Rosberg has played down any calls of him feeling the pressure in the F1 world championship battle and prefers to take the 2016 season race-by-race as he looks to kick-start his campaign in Hungary.
After his flawless start to the year with four consecutive wins Rosberg has seen Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton eat away at his F1 championship lead which has been slashed from 43 points to just one heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Looking to claim his first win since Baku in mid-June, Rosberg has pointed to the fact he's had a better opening half to the year by leading the drivers' standings while he still aims to approach the year on a race-by-race basis.
“Up until now I have had the best season of all the drivers,” Rosberg said. “That is the fact for me which I am focussing on but as I've said before in general I don't look at the big picture because the best approach for me to win races is just to focus on the weekend at hand which is Hungary.
“We will try to get the best out of it and go for the win. It doesn't feel any different to previous weekends. I have reflected on each and every race after it is done and I've moved on. I'm excited to be here and had a good season so far so I will try to win this weekend as well.”
Aiming to move on from his post-race penalty which dropped him to third at Silverstone, explaining the team knows it has to take the revised radio rules completely literally
, Rosberg also feels it is still too early in the campaign to rule out any title challenges from either Red Bull or Ferrari.
“It is too early to say that [championship battle between the two Mercedes drivers],” he said. “Ferrari and Red Bull have been a bit up and down but there is still such a long way to go so it wouldn't be right to say that.”
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Rosberg holds a single point margin over Hamilton heading into a race he has never been on the podium at – while his team-mate has won on four occasions – and takes a 62-point margin over third-place driver Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers' championship.