Leicester City’s charge to the top of the Premier League has been one of biggest feel-good stories in world sport this year.
Despite facing competition from giants of English soccer such as Arsenal and Manchester City, the plucky minnows are now leading the charge to be crowned champions of England’s top division for the first time.
It is a story that has also caught the attention of Nico Rosberg, who entered the new Formula 1 season still chasing his first championship after losing out to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015.
Rosberg won the opening race of the season in Australia with relative ease, and now arrives in Bahrain seeking a fifth consecutive grand prix victory.
Despite not being the pre-season favorite, Rosberg hopes that he can take inspiration from Leicester and fight his way into the championship battle this year.
“Maybe I can be like Leicester City, not one of the main favourites, but win and then, well, just go!” Rosberg told Sky Sports.
Rosberg is known to be an avid follower of soccer, and can often be found kicking a ball around with his trainer to warm up ahead of on-track sessions.
The German remained cool about his championship chances when speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference, saying that his victory in Australia means little with 20 races still to go in the season.
“It was a great start but it’s one race out of 21, so it’s really early days,” Rosberg said.
“But I’m really pleased with the car that we have. The team has done an incredible job to give us such a car again this year.
“It will be a great couple of races coming up for sure, but of course we are also looking closely at the battle with Ferrari.”