Nico Rosberg has said that he is heading to the final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season with “no fear” as he goes in search of his maiden world championship in Abu Dhabi.
Despite leading the title race for more days that Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg has fallen some 17 points behind ahead of the last race of the year at Yas Marina.
However, thanks to the controversial double points rule, Rosberg’s title hopes are still very much alive, knowing that a win with Hamilton finishing third or lower would give him a first F1 championship.
“The gap is smaller than before and I absolutely believe I still have the chance to take the title in Abu Dhabi,” Rosberg said. “It won’t be easy, but I’ll be full attack – just as I have been all season.
“Although this has been my first year fighting for a world championship, I’ve never felt more comfortable than I have done this year. The team behind us have done an incredible job and it’s great that they’ve given both of us equal opportunity to compete with each other.
“There have been difficult moments just as there have been amazing moments – but this is what Formula 1 is all about and I hope that everyone watching at home has enjoyed the story of this battle as much as I have.
“Win or lose, double points or no double points, I feel proud of what I have achieved this year and especially proud to have been a part of this fantastic season for the Silver Arrows. I go into this race with no fear and with every belief that this can be my title. It’s not over until that flag drops!”