Nico Rosberg insists that he is only focused on winning the race and not the championship this weekend when Formula 1 visits Mexico City.
Rosberg is able to clinch his maiden F1 drivers’ championship this Sunday in Mexico, but only if he wins the race and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton fails to score any points.
The German has long insisted that he is approaching the championship on a race by race basis, and won’t change that stance in Mexico.
“I’m well aware of that,” Rosberg said when reminded he could win the title on Sunday.
“It’s been a great season so far which has put me in this position. It’s exciting to be in this championship battle with Lewis towards the end of the season.
“For me, my way of achieving the best possible result is to focus on the things that are in my control. In Mexico, that’s winning the race.
“For the championship, it’s not really in my control if I get it this weekend. It’s about winning the race and then see what happens.”
Rosberg maintained the approach when asked what winning the world championship would mean to him.
“It’s a childhood dream. But that’s where it ends for me,” Rosberg said.
“For me important this weekend is winning the Mexican GP.”
Rosberg was also asked about F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion over the United States Grand Prix weekend that the German winning the title would not be as good for F1 as if Hamilton won it.
“I spoke to him personally and he said that’s not exactly the way he said it,” Rosberg said.
“But for me it’s not something that’s important to me. I focus on my thing. That’s it.”
Rosberg won last year’s grand prix in Mexico when F1 returned after 23-year hiatus, and is relishing the opportunity to race in front of a passionate home crowd.
“I have great memories from here last year, winning here was awesome,” Rosberg said.
“The podium is one of the best in the year in the baseball stadium, it was absolutely phenomenal.”