Rosberg not losing focus despite early points lead

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Nico Rosberg is refusing to lose focus despite surging into a healthy points lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship after the opening three races of the 2016 season.

Rosberg scored his sixth successive grand prix victory on Sunday in China to give himself a perfect score of 75 points for this year.

Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton finished a tough weekend in seventh place after battling from the very back of the grid and a first lap crash.

The gap between the two Mercedes drivers now stands at 36 points, while history is also on Rosberg’s side after his emphatic win in Shanghai.

“It’s been a fantastic few days for me here in China,” Rosberg said. “First of all, the fans have been amazing from the moment I arrived. They’re so enthusiastic, which gives us drivers a very special feeling.

“Then, racing wise, it was an almost perfect weekend. Only the start could have been better – but luckily I was able to pass Daniel later on the straight and from then on I could build up a gap. I must say, I’ve never had a better balance in my car than I had today.

“It was really perfect, so a big thanks to everyone who helped me achieve that. I also want to thank all the women in my life – my wife, my daughter and my mother. Their support is unbelievable and that’s really what makes it possible for me to be doing what I’m doing.”

Rosberg is refusing to get ahead of himself in spite of his points lead, instead turning his attention to the Russian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

“I’m a very happy man today and, after three races I can be really pleased about how my season has gone so far,” Rosberg said.

“But it’s a very long year ahead and there’s a lot of points still on the table, so I’m not losing my focus.

“Now I look forward to Russia, where I started my good run of qualifying results last year. Hopefully I can get on a nice run like that again.”