Nico Rosberg has said that he is still optimistic about his chances of winning the 2014 Formula 1 drivers’ championship despite trailing title rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 24 points at the top of the standings.
Without a win since the German Grand Prix in July, Rosberg has seen his championship hopes take a number of hits as Hamilton appears to be in some of the best form of his career.
After winning in the United States last weekend, the Briton has now won 10 races in 2014 – more than twice as many as Rosberg, who has just four to his name.
For 2014 though, the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi is worth double points, giving the race winner 50 instead of the normal 25. As a result, Hamilton cannot win the championship in Brazil this weekend as he would have been able to without the controversial regulation.
Although some have said that a victory for Rosberg through the double points rule would devalue the championship, the German driver is not bothered by this prospect.
“Everybody can have their opinion and in sport it’s the points that count in the end,” Rosberg said in the FIA press conference on Thursday. “Of course you can debate who deserves it more or less, that’s always going to be the case.
“It’s clear I need to rely on something happening. For sure it’s not enough for me to win, unfortunately, that’s the way it is. In sport so much can happen so I’m very optimistic.”
Winning the next two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi would not be enough for Rosberg, though. Should Hamilton finish second to his teammate in at both rounds, he would still win the championship by three points.
Therefore, as he looks weaker than ever in this title fight, Rosberg is pinning his hopes on his teammate hitting trouble in the final two races of the 2014 season.