Glass half-full for Rosberg despite seeing championship lead slashed

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Nico Rosberg is choosing to look on the bright side despite seeing his lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship fall to just a single point in the last five races.

Following the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Rosberg enjoyed a 43-point advantage over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after taking victories in Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia.

However, Hamilton has since rallied since, winning four of the last five races to whittle Rosberg’s lead down to one point ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although his advantage has been slashed dramatically, Rosberg remains upbeat given that he still leads the championship after 10 races.

“The glass half-full version is that over 10 races I have scored more points,” Rosberg said after the British Grand Prix.

“I can live with that. But I don’t want to speak about points; I don’t focus or think on that.

“I’ve put [Silverstone] behind me. Lewis did a better job all weekend, and I’m already over it.”

Rosberg denied that he has changed his driving style or is doing anything different, instead attributing the points swing to his rivals’ improved luck.

“I benefitted from the others having a very, very messy start, my direct competitors,” Rosberg said.

“That’s changed.”

Hamilton endured a difficult start to the year, with a first-lap clash in Bahrain and engine issues in China and Russia giving Rosberg breathing room at the front of the field.

Although the Briton has since fought back, he is set to start from the back of the grid at least twice more this season thanks to engine penalties that are looming.