Nico Rosberg determined to seal world title with Abu Dhabi victory

Nico Rosberg has a seat fitting in the garage during previews for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on Nov. 24, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Nico Rosberg says his approach in Abu Dhabi this weekend has to be to win the race – because that will guarantee him the 2016 World Championship.

The German only has to finish second or third to take the title even if Lewis Hamilton wins, but he insists that he wants to do it from the front.

“I’m here to win, not think about who might or not come between or be right behind me or whatever.” he said Thursday. “No, I’m just here to win and I know that with the car that I have and the form that I’m in, I can make it happen and I’m just focusing on that. That’s it.

“For me, here, the most important thing is to do an awesome performance, because that’s going to give both, isn’t it, so I’m doing whatever it takes to give the best possible performance and that’s the same thing that I’ve done for all the other races. Taking this as one more race, keep it simple, focus on going for that race win and putting everything towards that and not thinking about what if, because that wouldn’t be the right approach for me and that’s what feels good to me and that’s what I’m sticking with.

Meanwhile, Rosberg did not want to dwell on how Hamilton’s bad luck with reliability has helped his cause.

“Of course I’m aware of how the season has gone for both of us but those thoughts… First of all the season isn’t even finished. We still have one race to go so it would be premature to get into any such discussions but anyways, such thoughts, I don’t have them at the moment, in any way because for me it’s about concentrating on myself this weekend.

“I’m excited because it’s the last race, fighting for the Championship again with Lewis and yeah, so I’m just really focussed, trying to get the job done. I really would like to win this race and finish the season with a win. That would be awesome.”