Rosberg: I don’t care about statistics

Nico Rosberg leads the world championship ahead of Hungary

Nico Rosberg leads the world championship ahead of Hungary

Formula 1 World Championship leader Nico Rosberg insists that he is not worried this weekend in Hungary about racing on a track where Lewis Hamilton has excelled in the past. The Briton is seeking his fifth victory in Budapest which will make him the most successful driver at the venue.

Determined to hit back at his teammate after a mixed weekend in Hockenheim, Hamilton has won no fewer than four times on the Hungaroring, and another victory on Sunday will be a year-on-year hat-trick.

“It’s a great circuit,” said the Briton, who after his Qualifying crash in Germany and fight through the field to third, lies 14 points behind Rosberg. Maybe it suits my driving style more than perhaps some other circuits, or maybe it’s luck, I don’t know. Let’s see this weekend.”

Rosberg, however, said that Hamilton’s Hungary record does not faze him, “I don’t care about statistics,” he is quoted by Turun Sanomat in Budapest. “I know that if I am able to bring out my best performance, I can win the race. I assume that I can extend my lead here.”

Nico Rosberg won in Germany

Nico Rosberg won in Germany

There is also a slight question-mark about Hamilton’s physical condition in Hungary, mere days after his 30 G crash that resulted knee, neck and back pain, “I’m not 100 per cent fit, but I’m not far from it.”

Meanwhile, after boss Toto Wolff joked that one Mercedes driver this year would require psychological treatment after losing the title, perhaps only because of the double points on offer in the last race, Rosberg admitted that he too is no fan of Bernie Ecclestone’s Abu Dhabi finale.

“The [double points] concept is really artificial, I don’t like it and that is a pity,” he said in his Daily Mail column.

On the other hand, “winning is winning, and obviously I will be happy if I win this year’s championship whatever the circumstances”.

On that point, Rosberg and his teammate share a rare moment of agreement, Hamilton said: “I’m not going to get to the end of the season, and if I won it that way, say that I didn’t want to win it that way. I just want to win the world championship,” he added. (GMM)