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F1 Brazilian GP: Rosberg won't play it safe, wants F1 title in Brazil

Nico Rosberg says he won't play it safe in pursuit of protecting his championship advantage as he inches closer to a maiden F1 title.
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Nico Rosberg says he will not play it safe ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix knowing a win in Interlagos will see him crowned the 2016 Formula 1 World Champion.

Coming into the penultimate round of the season with a 19 point lead over Lewis Hamilton, a third consecutive victory on Brazilian soil will be enough to see Rosberg crowned, though even a 'safe' second place still puts him in a good position for the Abu Dhabi finale.

Even so, Rosberg has his focus set firmly on the win and with it the title, revealing the adrenaline is beginning to build.

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“No, I want to win properly,” he said. “Of course, the adrenaline is building up throughout the weekend, but that's normal. It peaks just before qualifying and the race, and that's a good thing as it gets me focused, concentrated, raring to go and everything. So it's good for performance.”

Second fastest to Hamilton in FP2, but only 0.030s adrift on the timesheets, Rosberg was satisfied with his early form in the Mercedes but says the changing conditions could alter the dynamic of the weekend.

“On one lap the car is performing well. Long run is very good as well, so everything OK. Very hot today and that's going to change for the weekend, it should cool down quite a lot so we aren't going to be able to use much from today.”

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