Nico Rosberg was happy to finish Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix in second place and move to within one victory of his maiden Formula 1 world title.
Rosberg arrived in Mexico with a 26 point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, knowing that two second-place finishes and one third would be enough to win the title.
The German was left chasing Hamilton for much of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, qualifying second before crossing the line eight seconds behind his teammate in P2.
Rosberg came under heavy pressure from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen midway through the final stint of the race, but was able to keep the Dutchman at bay.
“It’s been a good day,” Rosberg said on the podium after the race.
“Lewis was a bit too fast this weekend, so I just have to accept second place.
“We’ve had some massive battles out there. At the start I got shunted and with Max later on and everything… It’s OK being second.”
Rosberg can now wrap up his first F1 title at the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time by winning the race, regardless of what Hamilton does.
Should Rosberg win and Hamilton finish second, the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship would rise to 26 points with just 25 left on offer ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Even if Hamilton wins the final two races of the year, Rosberg can win the title by finishing at second once and at least third once.