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F1 Hungarian GP: Rosberg: I am not counting the points…

Nico Rosberg shrugs off the loss of his Formula 1 World Championship lead to Lewis Hamilton despite letting a 43 point lead slip in just six races.
Nico Rosberg insists he is not going to dwell on ceding the Formula 1 World Championship lead for the first time in 2016 despite letting a 43 point lead over Lewis Hamilton slip over the last six races.

Four wins from the first four races – coupled to a DNF for both Mercedes drivers in Spain – gave Rosberg a sizeable advantage over Hamilton as recently as the Monaco Grand Prix, but a single victory against his rival's five from the next six rounds has seen the Briton nose ahead following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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On a day that saw him trail Hamilton after a poor start from pole position allowed his team-mate to get the jump from turn one and control the pace thereafter, a stoic Rosberg maintains he is not 'counting points' at this half-way point in the season.

“It is very close,” he said. “It has been a good season so far up to now… as I have always said I am not counting the points, there is still a long way to go and everything is possible. I just want to focus on winning races. It didn't work today unfortunately losing out in turn one.

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Indeed, Rosberg says a 'tight' first corner squeeze between Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo ultimately proved critical for his victory hopes.

“The race was decided there,” he continued. “My start was OK but I was slightly down on Lewis' start and Daniel also, then Daniel got a tow and Lewis had the inside line. It got a bit tight between the two of them so I had to back out, I was able to get back second place around the outside but I lost the win there.

“Now I move my focus to Hockenheim, which is my home race. Looking forward to racing there, I love the track.”

by Ollie Barstow

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July 24, 2016 4:43 PM

that is precisely why F1 is losing fans, me included. If not getting to the very first corner in the lead costs you a win, then there is something seriously wrong with the sport. We have no idea who the best driver on the grid is, only the best car. Any one of those drivers who have the mercedes would instantly be considered a championship favourite. The only thing the last couple seasons as told me is that Rosberg is not the top driver. Lewis could be, but the advantage is so great that its impossible to tell. When's the next motogp race?

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