Nico Rosberg says he is blocking out any permutations of points to secure a maiden F1 world championship by sticking to his simple race-by-race formula which has served him well in 2016: to win in Abu Dhabi.
The Mercedes driver holds a 12 point advantage over team-mate Lewis Hamilton entering the season finale in Abu Dhabi which has set-up multiple scenarios needed for either driver to seal the F1 world title.
Put simply, Rosberg must finish on the podium regardless of what Hamilton can achieve in the final race of the year but the German driver has made his objective even more straightforward, something he has repeated throughout the season.
“I'm here to win and not think about who might or not come in between or behind me,” Roberg said. “I'm here to win and I know with the car that I have and the form I am in I can do that. I am just focusing on that.
“The most important thing to do is have an awesome performance because that will bring both [a win and the world title]. I'm doing whatever it takes to produce the best performance and that is the same as all the other races.
“This is one more race, I want to keep it simple going for the race win and not thinking about anything else which could happen. That is what feels like the right approach for me and that is what I am sticking with.”
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With a sizeable points advantage, Rosberg has refused any temptations of early celebrations and despite the importance of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix he is sticking to the tried and tested mindset of the race-by-race approach.
“I am aware of how the season has gone for both of us but it isn't finished yet and would be premature to think about the end of the season yet,” he said. “I'm not having any of those thoughts yet. I am excited for the last race of the year fighting with Lewis again and getting the job done with a win.
“It is going to be a weekend like any other where I will go for the win and do what it takes for that within the limits of what is acceptable of course.”
Rosberg has claimed victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on one occassion, in 2015 when the F1 world title was already wrapped up by Hamilton, and lost the title decider in 2014 against his Mercedes team-mate.
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