Nico Rosberg has said that he is not currently thinking about the end of the season and a possible championship showdown with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Instead, the German driver is taking his bid for a maiden world title one race at a time, and is gunning to win tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from second place on the grid.
Rosberg currently leads the drivers’ championship by 29 points after a controversial second place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago. While attempting to overtake Hamilton for the lead of the race on lap two, he made contact with his teammate, leaving him with a puncture. This ultimately forced the Briton to retire, and the incident has dominated the F1 media ever since.
All parties have now laid down their weapons and apologized, but the debate is likely to reignite after Hamilton and Rosberg locked out the front row of the grid in qualifying today. When the two drivers go side-by-side into the first corner tomorrow, all eyes will be looking to see whether or not there is any contact.
For Rosberg, winning at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza would be special, but in the grand scheme of things, he is happy to win at any circuit.
“Monza is a special place, also for me because I really like Italy, all my friends are Italian, so it’s great to race here,” he said.
“At the moment, I’m out to win. It doesn’t matter where we are.
“I’m not thinking about the end of season yet or things like that. It’s really every race, try and get the best out of it and try and win the race.”
Rosberg and Hamilton both confirmed that the team would not be using team orders to stop them fighting for the race win tomorrow, which could lead to a classic fight at the front of the field.
Be sure to join us for the Italian Grand Prix, live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.