Nico Rosberg has refuted ideas of taking a conservative approach to secure a maiden F1 world title and aims to attack for victory in Mexico.
The Mercedes driver saw his F1 drivers' championship lead trimmed to 26 points by Lewis Hamilton's win in Austin and despite losing out to his title rival the German can still afford to finish directly behind his team-mate in the final three races and seal the world title.
Regardless, Rosberg is focusing on the same approach which has seen him take a grip on the title race by vying for victory in all of the remaining races including in Mexico where he triumphed 12 months ago upon the race's return to the F1 calendar.
“I came into Sunday [in Austin] with a good chance of winning but it didn't work out. That's the way it is, so I accept that and now it's on to the next one in Mexico,” Rosberg said. “My goal is to try and win there just as it has been at every race. Of course, to be in a Championship battle at the end of the year is awesome and I'm excited about that. But my approach is to keep it simple.
“There are many things that can happen during a race weekend which are out of your control, so it's best to just block all that out and focus on the job at hand. That's what's worked best for me and how I feel at my strongest.”
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Rosberg's win in Mexico last year sparked a run of seven consecutive race victories (counting three from 2015 and four in 2016) and the Mercedes driver is aiming for a repeat to recreate 'one of the best moments of my career'.
“I'm excited to head back to Mexico City again,” he said. “Driving the track feels like being back at a kart circuit with all the tight corners and the noise and the atmosphere in the stadium section is really phenomenal.
"Standing on that podium last year was one of the best moments of my career, so I hope I can get back up there and experience it again.”
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