With his hopes of a maiden Formula 1 drivers’ championship now confirmed to be over, Nico Rosberg has set his sights on making up for a recent run of bad form starting at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
After coming within just a few laps of taking the lead of the title race back in Hungary, Rosberg has since suffered a string of defeats to Mercedes teammate and newly-crowned three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
The title clincher for Hamilton came in last weekend’s United States Grand Prix when Rosberg made a mistake whilst leading with eight laps to go, handing his teammate the points required to win the title.
Rosberg is now hoping to make up for this disappointment and end a winless streak that dates all the way back to the Austrian Grand Prix in June.
“The championship fight is over for me this year but I have three races left to make a big push, end this tough season on a high and make up for the disappointment of the past few races,” Rosberg said.
“My first chance is in Mexico and I’m sure everyone is really looking forward to the weekend. I love discovering new places and this one will definitely be a really interesting venue. If the Mexican fans we see in Austin are anything to go by, the atmosphere will be incredible!”
F1 returns to Mexico this weekend after a 23-year absence at the redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, and Rosberg is relishing the challenge of a new track.
“My father raced there once back in the 80s so maybe he can give me a few tips… although the circuit is very different now and so are the cars, so maybe that’s not the best reference point!” Rosberg joked.
“Data will be very important in Mexico, of course, as it’s a track none of the current grid have driven before. Some of the more experienced engineers might know it – but the circuit and the cars will have changed so much since the sport last went there that it’s basically like starting from zero.
“That’s a big challenge and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve driven the circuit in the simulator to be as prepared as I can be, so let’s see what we can do.”