Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP seen in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 21, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.
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Nico Rosberg insists that the Hungarian GP is an ordinary weekend for him despite his World Championship lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton having dwindled from 43 points to just one over the past few races.
Rosberg said that he still takes each race as it comes, and doesn’t look at the title implications.
“I mean we can all agree on the fact that so far up to now I’ve had the best season of all drivers,” he said on Thursday. “That’s the fact for me, which I’m focusing on. As I’ve said though, in general I don’t look at the big picture, because the best approach for me to win races is just to focus on the weekend at hand, which is now look at Hungary and try and get the best out of the weekend, go for the win and that’s it. It doesn’t feel any different to any other weekend.”
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Rosberg denied that the title battle was now just about the Mercedes drivers, despite their significant advantage over their rivals.
“It’s too early to say that. Red Bull and Ferrari have been a bit up-and-down. But there’s still such a long way to go so it wouldn’t be right to say that. But of course I can understand why people might think that at the moment.”
Meanwhile, despite receiving a penalty in Silverstone, the German says he has no opinion about the radio restrictions.
“It’s not something I think about, it’s not something I have an opinion on, because I just want to make the best of what we have and let the people decide what’s best. It’s come about because fans have said we’re like puppets out there, just doing what the engineers are saying. So now we’re trying this, and I think it’s OK. It makes it more challenging for us out on track, which is good. So it’s fine.”