Nico Rosberg is still refusing to think about claiming his first Formula 1 drivers’ championship in 2016 despite moving into a 33-point lead at the top of the standings after winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rosberg converted pole position into victory on Sunday at Suzuka with a measured display as title rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished third.
The result saw Rosberg put another 10 points between himself and Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, leaving the gap at 33 with four races to go.
Rosberg can now afford to finish second to Hamilton in all of the remaining rounds and still win the title, but the German is still refusing to think about championship victory.
“Nope, still not, still a long way to go,” Rosberg told NBCSN when asked if he was thinking about the title year.
“Lewis is still my teammate. I always need to reckon with him because he will be fighting hard now in the remaining races of course.
“In Austin, it’s going to be a good battle. I’m sure it’s going to be exciting.
“For me it’s just now going to Austin and I’ll try to win there as well.”