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F1 Singapore GP: Rosberg out to end 8 year Singapore podium drought

He has stood on the podium in 50 F1 races, but form man Nico Rosberg hasn't done so in Singapore since 2008 and never as a Mercedes driver...
It may have been the scene of only his second career F1 podium back in 2008 but Nico Rosberg heads to the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix looking to make a timely return to the night race rostrum after an absence of eight years.

The German finished second as a Williams driver back in 2008, a result that would remain his best in F1 until his maiden F1 win in 2012 with Mercedes. However, though Rosberg has since gone on to notch up 50 podiums since that landmark result under the spotlights, he has never again made it onto the podium in Singapore.

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Coming into this year's race just two points shy of Lewis Hamilton following two straight wins in Belgium and Italy, though Rosberg highlights Red Bull as arguably his biggest rival for victory this weekend, he is optimistic of a chance to break the unusual eight-year drought.

“Standing on top of that Monza podium was an awesome experience. I'll definitely remember that one for a long time! But now my focus is on Singapore - a race that's been up and down for me. I got my second ever podium there way back in 2008 but haven't been up there again since, so the target is to change that on Sunday.

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“Of course, it won't be easy. This is a Red Bull track and we weren't so strong there last year. But I have faith in the team and my belief in myself is as high as ever. I approach each weekend aiming to win the race. The points gap has gone up and down but I've taken it one race at a time - and that's the best way for me, as you can see by how the gap is now.

“Singapore is a cool city and a great place for Formula One. The track looks spectacular under the lights and it's always buzzing in town around the race weekend, so I'm really looking forward to getting out there.”

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