Rosberg at an all-time high with W04 car

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Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his delight that, for the first time in his career, he is driving a car capable of challenging for pole positions and race wins on a regular basis.

Since joining Mercedes in 2010, Rosberg’s bid to become a front-runner has been stunted by a troublesome car and a lack of reliability. Thanks to an unseasonably-cool Chinese Grand Prix in 2012, the German driver managed to claim his first race win, but this failed to be backed up by any further victories. This season though, he has flourished alongside new teammate Lewis Hamilton, claiming three pole positions and two wins heading into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“In general I’ve really enjoyed it [this season],” Rosberg said during the drivers’ press conference on Thursday. “It’s the first time in my career that I’ve really had a car that on numerous occasions I can win races with.

“That’s a great feeling. To come to a race track knowing I can put it on pole, I can win the race, it’s really nice.”

Having struggled at the low downforce circuits such as Spa and Monza in recent weeks, Rosberg is hopeful of bouncing back in Singapore this weekend around the tight and twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit.

“I’m really looking forward to this race here. It’s back to high downforce package where Lewis won last with this package in Hungary, so I’m confident we can be very quick again this weekend.”

Rosberg has enjoyed some success in Singapore over the years, recording a best finish of second at the inaugural race back in 2008.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”