Nico Rosberg Retires from F1 as World Champion

Posted by Java Bloggers on Friday, December 2, 2016

Nico Rosberg has decided to retire from Formula 1 World Champion in 2016. Nico announced his decision to retire through his personal Facebook account, Friday (12/02/2016) today.

"I took this decision on Monday night. After the glass during the day, the first person I told was Vivian (his wife) and Georg (Nolte, member of the management team Rosberg), and then Toto (Wolff, team boss Marcedes)," wrote Rosberg quoted by Reuters.

In a statement, called the rider was 31 years old had planned to retire since won the race at Suzuka, in early October.

Rosberg complete the following statement, which contained his personal Facebook account.

During the 25 years of racing, it's always been a dream of mine, 'the main thing' to become F1 World Champion. Through hard work, pain, sacrifices, this is my target. And now I have to seize it. I've been up the mountain, I was at the peak, so it feels is appropriate. My strongest emotion today is a deep gratitude to everyone who supported me and made this happen.

This season, let me tell you, really very heavy. I try my best in every case, after the failure in the last two years; they (failures) became fuel my motivation to a level that I never felt before. And of course it influence on the people that I love, too - it is the shared sacrifice of the whole family, making all the targets could be fulfilled.

"I can not find words to thank enough my wife Vivian; he has always been outstanding. He understood that this year is the year of great opportunity for us to achieve it, and he gives space to me to recuperate after every race, keep our two daughters every night, taking over when the condition becomes severe and the prioritization of this championship (F1).

When I won the race at Suzuka, a time when destiny is in the hands of the champion of my own, great pressure was starting to come and I started thinking to finish my racing career if I become world champion.

On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I know that this could be my last race and it was clear in my head before the start. I want to enjoy every part of the experience (last race), knowing that it could be the final race ... and when the (start) is off 55 laps I underwent the most intense of my life.

I took this decision on Monday night. After a look in the mirror for a day, the first person I told was Vivian and Georg (Nolte, member of the management team Rosberg), and then Toto (Wolff, team boss Marcedes).

"The only thing that made this decision to be very difficult for me is because I put the family racing me in a difficult position. But Toto could understand. He knew that I was already fully convinced and it calms me down. The achievement of the proudest for me in the race is already won world titles with a team of exceptional people, the Silver Arrows.

Now I'm just going to enjoy this moment. There is still time to enjoy the next week, to reflect on the season that has been passed and try to enjoy every experience to come. After that, I will go through the next period of my life and see what was available to me.


Sky F1 pundits have expressed their disbelief at Nico Rosberg's retirement from F1 as World Champion


Sky F1 pundits Martin Brundle and Ted Kravitz have expressed their disbelief at Nico Rosberg's retirement from Formula 1.

Less than a week after clinching his first world championship, Rosberg announced he has driven his last race in the sport - leaving Mercedes looking for a new driver for 2017.

Rosberg described the season finale in Abu Dhabi as an "horrendous" experience as he clinched the title ahead of Hamilton during a tense and controversial 2016 season.

But despite the obvious strain the title fight had put on Rosberg, who looked drained and exhausted following his title triumph, his announcement has left the F1 world stunned.

"I find it absolutely extraordinary, a big surprise," said Brundle. It's obviously a personal decision and it's bad for Formula 1 because we haven't got a world champion through the winter and next season.
Rosberg retires from F1

"It's also bad for Mercedes-Benz, they can't roll out their world champion. Quite clearly now he's ticked the biggest box of all as a racing driver, a world champion, and he's called it quits."

Rosberg follows the likes of Alain Prost, Sir Jackie Stewart and Nigel Mansell in leaving the sport at the top.

"My first reaction is that it's a decision that's been made in haste," added Kravitz. "In a season of Formula 1 where we've had shocks and turning points aplenty, this one takes the biscuit. What next for Rosberg?
The Sky F1 experts found it hard to explain just what may have motivated Rosberg to make such a "life-changing" decision.

The German seemed to indicate that the intensity of the world championship fight, particularly following the Japanese GP as he closed in on the championship, had a major effect on his thinking.

But does he want another racing career, or just more time with his young family?


"Sometimes he has come across pretty uncomfortable within the world of media and he said how he found the media quite hard," said Brundle. "But if you want to drive a racing car, why wouldn't it be a Mercedes as a reigning champion?

Why would you walk away from that to go to Le Mans, to go to IndyCar, to go to GT racing? There's no appeal at all when you've got a seat that every racing driver in the world would love to have."

"I guess the intensity he's referring to is the last five races. "The fact that he made that decision the day after the last race of the season makes me think his head wasn't in the most considered frame of mind for this life changing decision. Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement at a news conference earlier. We can hear him speaking shortly after he delivered his decision.
Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement at a news conference earlier. We can hear him speaking shortly after he delivered his decision.

What will Lewis Hamilton make of it?

In the aftermath of Rosberg's title win, it seemed Hamilton was the much more likely Mercedes driver to leave the sport. Now, the Brit is the sole Silver Arrow left.

"We had this bizarre situation where we thought Hamilton had threatened to quit back in May after they came together at the Spanish GP," explained Brundle. "Where's Lewis' head at?

Your dream racing car. It can't be that bad when between you you've won 19 races. I imagine Lewis is pretty gobsmacked."

Kravitz, meanwhile, questions whether Hamilton may have indirectly been a factor in Rosberg's decision.

"Is Rosberg effectively saying here that 'it was hard enough fighting Hamilton this year, I don't fancy doing it again because I don't think I'll come off very well against him?'

What will Mercedes do now?
The most dominant seat in motorsport will have plenty of takers, that's for sure.

"I would imagine the phone will be hot to Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda," said Brundle. "Fernando Alonso will be desperate to grab it, I don't know where Sebastian Vettel fits.

There will be so many frustrated drivers who have recently just signed up and settled down for next year who'll be thinking, 'maybe I had a chance'. I can only assume it's taken the team bosses by surprise just as it has everyone else.

"Whoever it is they'll have to fit in with Lewis Hamilton. "Do Mercedes just want a junior driver like Pascal Wehrlein, their reserve driver? Effectively that's a one-man team with Hamilton going for a title without any competition from within his own team.


Nico decision as Stoner in MotoGP or Fischer in Chess

Stoner announced in May that he was retiring from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season, his reasons were taken at face value. Stoner never has plied in the trade of sweet BS slung around so freely by others in the paddock.

But so few in MotoGP really got to know Stoner in the last 10 years. He put his brain on his sleeve, but never his heart.

Likewise, Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. In 1972, he captured the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland, publicized as a Cold War confrontation, which attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since.

That is allowed Soviet GM Anatoly Karpov, who had won the qualifying Candidates' cycle, to become the new world champion by default under FIDE rules.

We as supporters and admirers Nico Nico saddened by the decision to retire. But we also understand the this decision is for the good of himself. We love Nico Rosberg, you are a great F1 driver and The Genius F1 World Champion.

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Nico Rosberg Claims Formula 1 World Champion in Abu Dhabi

Posted by Java Bloggers on Sunday, November 27, 2016

According to estimates of many people, including leaders of the famous F1, Nico Rosberg finally managed to be champion of Formula 1 in 2016.

From the results of the race at the Yas Marina Formula 1 Abu Dhabi, Nico Rosberg won the points total of 18 points which makes the acquisition of the point reached 385. The number is not surpassed by Lewis Hamilton, although Became the Formula 1 champion at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi with the addition of 25 points, bringing the total of points reached to 380.

With a difference of 5 numbers, so Nico Rosberg was crowned champion of the season of Formula 1 in 2016. That makes his followers enjoy.

Here are the results of the big five of Formula 1 races at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi today :

Pos. No. Driver ConstructorGrid Points
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 6 15
4 33 Max Verstappen Ferrari 6 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 3 10



Hopefully Nico Rosberg could remain a world champion in the years that followed. That is the hope of us as supporters.

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Nico Rosberg Will Win the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship

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Daniel Ricciardo has predicted that Nico Rosberg will win the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, with the title set to be decided at the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the Aussie still believes it will go the way of the German instead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo told Sky Sport, “For me, I don’t favour anyone. “If you look at Lewis and Nico, whoever ends up champion this weekend, they will both have their merit for it. Rosberg has had a lot of poles and wins, he’s been on some good streaks and converted a lot of front rows to victories, whereas Lewis has made comebacks.”

“So if Lewis wins it will be an amazing comeback and if Nico wins it will be: well he was there all year.”

The Red Bull drivers could play a role in the title decider as the pair have become the thorn in the Silver Arrows side of late. Ricciardo is aware of the scenario.

And said, “I won’t favour any driver, but if I can get myself up on the podium and get another bit of silverware I’ll do that and if it changes the result in the championship so be it. We’ll try and have some fun, hopefully it is not a stationary static race.”

Rosberg needs a podium finish wrap up his first F1 title on Sunday, while Hamilton has to win and hope that Rosberg finishes fourth or lower.



Nico Rosberg not bowing to F1 championship pressure in Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are set to battle one final time as the fight for the Formula 1 World Championship will soon reach a climax in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The grand prix has been dubbed the ‘Duel in the Desert Part 2’ following the 2014 championship battle between the Mercedes duo in which Hamilton ultimately claimed the crown. But this time year could end with Rosberg capturing his first championship instead.

"Obviously, the result in Brazil wasn’t the one I was going for," Rosberg said. "But Lewis did a great job and second place wasn’t a disaster in the end. I’m looking forward now to Abu Dhabi. It feels great to be in the World Championship battle with Lewis for a third year in a row. I will give it everything to end the season with a win."

Rosberg has seen his championship lead shrink from 33 points to just 12 points in the space of three grand prix with Hamilton taking victories in the USA, Mexico and Brazil but the German maintains that he will treat this weekend like any other.

"In Brazil, after the race, I was joking that I would still be taking things one race at a time," Rosberg said. I have to treat this like any other race. Doing a good job on a grand prix weekend is always a challenge. "I have great memories from winning at this track last year and it’s somewhere I’ve usually been strong in the past, so I have every reason to feel confident. It will be a big battle and hopefully the fans will get a great show to end the year."

The 2016 season has seen several flashpoints between the championship rivals this season, notably on lap one in Spain and on the final lap of the Austrian Grand prix and sections of the media questioned whether Rosberg would use underhand tactics to ensure that the championship goes his way on Sunday.

"It’s going to be a weekend like any other where I’m going to go for the race win and do what it takes to get that," Rosberg said. Within the limits of what’s acceptable of course.
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Prediction: Nico Rosberg Will Be World Champion Formula 1 in Brazil

Posted by Java Bloggers on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nico Rosberg had a great chance to be World Champion Formula 1 in Brazil today, even though he did not race from pole position. Nico started from second position, alongside Lewis Hamilton, who started from pole position.

Rosberg will be crowned Formula One's 33rd world champion on today if Hamilton fails to prevent him from winning in Interlagos for a third consecutive year.

But Hamilton, 19 points behind his Mercedes team-mate in the title race, will start as the favourite to win and take the title tussle to the final round of the season after securing pole position in a nail-biting qualifying session on Saturday.

Hamilton, who has never won at the birthplace of his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, edged out Rosberg by just 0.102 seconds to seal the 60th pole of his career.

"I don't go into the race expecting anything less than a fair fight," said Hamilton, who is sporting a tribute crash helmet to Senna this weekend.

The short run down to turn one will be crucial in the outcome of tomorrow's race, as will be the unpredictable weather in Sao Paulo, with rain forecast to play a role at the penultimate round of Formula One's longest season.

Hamilton is often a master of the inclement conditions while Rosberg has struggled in recent times.

Rosberg, 31, was ordered to move out of Hamilton's way by his Mercedes team as he failed to get a grip of the wet weather in Monaco and finished only seventh. At Silverstone, Hamilton sauntered to victory while Rosberg spent much of the race battling with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

"You often want a wet race when you are further behind to give you the opportunity to get ahead," Hamilton added.

I feel prepared for either scenario, but I love driving in the wet and it makes it more of a lottery."

Rosberg can afford to finish second and third at the final two races in Brazil and in Abu Dhabi later this month, but the German is gunning for victory and the title tomorrow.

"I'm going to try and get Lewis into turn one, and that's the plan," Rosberg said. Kimi Raikkonen will line up third on the grid with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen fourth. Jenson Button will start a disappointing 17th with British rookie Jolyon Palmer one place ahead of him on the grid.


The following estimates we make to Formula 1 in Brazil today, 13 November 2016 at the Interlagos Brazil.


Nico Rosberg Could Be World Champion Formula 1 in Brazil and the results are expected Nico to win and occupy Podium 1. While teammate Lewis Hamilton finished runner-up. Or Nico Rosberg occupy Podium 2 with the acquisition of 18 points and Lewis Hamilton could be outside the podium with the points less than 13. That's our opinion, and it is only an estimate based on some of the supporting data.


Rosberg has seen his lead in the standings trimmed from 33 points to just 19 over the last two races, after his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton won in Austin and Mexico. Rosberg had no answers for the pace Hamilton showed in those races. But with Brazil and Abu Dhabi remaining on the 2016 calendar, Rosberg can almost taste world championship glory.

The Brazilian Grand Prix has been a race of contrasting fortunes for Hamilton. It was here in his debut season in 2007 where he was leading the championship, only to lose positions at the start of the Grand Prix by being too aggressive and locking up his brakes and going off the track at Turn 4. The Briton also encountered gearbox problems later on in the race, and it was that which ultimately cost him the title as Kimi Raikkonen became world champion.

A year later in 2008, Hamilton found himself battling Felipe Massa for the title. Hamilton only needed to finish fifth or higher to win. Massa won the race, and for around 10 seconds he was world champion as Hamilton was lower than fifth on the final lap. Then, Timo Glock in his Toyota on dry tyres, lost places on the final corner as the rain began to fall, and Hamilton passed him to cross the line in fifth.

Both Ferrari and McLaren garages were celebrating thinking their drivers had won the world championship. Even though Hamilton hasn’t won at Brazil, the Briton has had enough experiences, both good and bad, to compensate for it. Hamilton currently has the momentum and will want to make it a hat-trick of wins to take this year’s title fight down to the wire in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month.

Rosberg, though, has other ideas. If he wins, he follows in his father Keke’s footsteps in becoming world champion, which would make the Rosbergs only the second father-and-son duo to win a world title after Graham and Damon Hill.

If Hamilton wants to win three consecutive titles in a row and a fourth world championship, he’ll need to do something that he has never achieved in Brazil in order to keep the challenge alive, and that is reach the top step of the podium today.

If Nico Rosberg wants to become world champion for the first time and wrap up the drivers’ championship 2016, all he has to do is win the Brazilian Grand Prix today.

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Rosberg is more favored than Hamilton in Brazil

Posted by Java Bloggers on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Come to the largest city in Brazil, São Paulo, with the advantages of 19 points, is a precious asset for Rosberg to win the title of Champion F1 this season. It is no exaggeration if Rosberg is very optimistic. Nico Rosberg stands on the brink of a historic maiden Formula One world championship ahead of the penultimate race of the season in Brazil on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver leads team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 19 points heading to Interlagos and would end the Briton's two-year grip on the title with victory this weekend. Indeed, any result that sees Rosberg claim seven or more points than Hamilton would be enough.

Ya, Rosberg 'optimistic' about his chances in Brazil. Nico Rosberg remains upbeat about his chances of winning the Brazilian Grand Prix and wrapping up a maiden Formula One world title, despite losing out on pole to Lewis Hamilton.
Championship leader Rosberg will start in second position on the grid on Sunday, behind reigning world champion and Mercedes team-mate Hamilton at Interlagos.

Rosberg is 19 points clear atop the drivers' standings heading into the penultimate race of the season and the German can end the title race with victory ahead of Hamilton this weekend.

"I am looking forward and trying to get Lewis into turn one that is the plan. Rosberg added: "I don't think about much to lose tomorrow at the moment, I just look forward to tomorrow's race, whatever comes.

"We have a great car in any conditions dry or wet so it will be exciting."



Nico Rosberg’s chances of clinching the world championship in Brazil

Nico Rosberg’s chances of clinching the world championship in Brazil are much stronger than they were in Mexico. As Lewis Hamilton was unable to make major inroads into Rosberg’s points lead in Mexico, a win for Rosberg would guarantee him the championship.

Perhaps the biggest worry for Hamilton is that there are few scenarios in which the championship remains open if he finishes behind Rosberg in Brazil. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Sochi, 2016If Rosberg leads a Mercedes one-two it’s over for HamiltonNote that if Rosberg ends the race 25 points ahead of Hamilton he will only have won the championship if he has finished second.

If Rosberg finishes second and Hamilton fourth, Rosberg will be 25 points ahead of Hamilton. But even if Hamilton wins the final race and Rosberg fails to score, meaning they end the year level on points, Rosberg will win the title on count-back. Both will have won nine races but Rosberg will have four seconds to Hamilton’s three.

However in all other outcomes where Rosberg ends the Brazilian Grand Prix 25 points ahead of Hamilton, the championship will remain unresolved. Hamilton will still have a slim chance of winning the title by winning the race while Rosberg fails to score, in which scenario he will win on count-back to third place finishes, by four to two.

In order for Hamilton to go into the final race knowing a victory would secure him the title regardless of where Rosberg finishes, he needs a points lead of at least six.




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Brazilian Grand Prix 2016 Preview : For Nico Rosberg

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You may remember the F1 championship 34 years ago that Nico's father, Keke Rosberg was crowned world champion after finishing fifth at the 1982 season finale in Las Vegas. Nico Rosberg will have to finish four places higher than that if he's to be sure of emulating his father’s success at this weekend’s Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brasil 2016 at Interlagos, but he too has destiny in his own hands.

The maths is simple for Rosberg: win, as he’s done for the last two years in Brazil, and it doesn’t matter what Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton does in Abu Dhabi. “Mexico wasn't ideal,” the points leader admits. “I was going for the win as always but Lewis was just a little bit faster all weekend. “I've got good form in Sao Paulo. It's one of the real classic tracks, which usually produce some exciting races, so I'm looking forward to getting out there and having a big battle in front of those awesome Brazilian fans.”

Hamilton, meanwhile, will still be going all out for the two wins that he needs, while privately also hoping that a bit of misfortune befalls his team mate. Even if he wins here and in Abu Dhabi, all Rosberg needs is to finish second in each. But the Briton also admits that losing his crown would hurt.

"I've lost many races and championships through my career, so it's not like I haven't experienced it. Right now I'm in a scenario where I know there is more of a chance I will lose it than I'll win it. The Brazilian Grand Prix is no stranger to hosting title-crowning moments. There have been six to be precise, ranging from Fernando Alonso's back-to-back success between 2005 and 2006, to Lewis Hamilton's dramatic last-lap triumph in 2008, and Sebastian Vettel's recovery drive to a third world title four years ago. All five of the world champions on the current grid have clinched a title in Brazil. Will Nico Rosberg continue that pattern?

Rosberg arrives in Brazil with the championship trophy in one hand. Win on Sunday and the German will follow in the footsteps of his father Keke Rosberg by taking his first ever Formula One title. Such a feat would see Nico and Keke join Graham and Damon Hill as the only two father-son combinations to win an F1 title in the history of the sport. As described in full in our title permutations explainer, Rosberg can even afford two second place finishes, or one second and a third to beat Hamilton to the crown.

Hamilton has almost all the odds stacked against him, finish second to Rosberg and his rival wins; go too aggressive and end up crashing out; Rosberg wins. The task seems simple for the Briton, win and he ensures the title will go down to the final round in Abu Dhabi on November 27. Even when riding on the crest of momentum -- as he often references -- after consecutive wins in the United States and Mexico, one fact stands out. Hamilton has never won at Interlagos.

Add to that possible rain, question marks over reliability, and factor in an increasingly competitive Red Bull package in the hands of hungry pairing Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, and this weekend could provide another classic Brazilian Grand Prix.

The pressure is showing no signs of relenting at Ferrari. In fact it neared boiling point in Mexico when Vettel's potty-mouthed radio rant almost got him in serious trouble with the FIA -- little does it need off-track problems to add to it's on-track ones. Ferrari is in real need of a podium, having not recorded one since Sebastian Vettel finished third in Italy. In need of points

Time is running out for Sauber to avoid its worst ever finish in F1. The Swiss team came tantalisingly close to recording its first points of the season in Mexico as Marcus Ericsson finished 11th. The agony for Sauber was a welcome relief for Manor, with the team maintaining ninth in the standings, thanks to Pascal Wehrlein's point in Austria.

The weekend's weather forecast looks very interesting. Thunderstorms are predicted from Thursday afternoon all the way through until race day, when the thunder and lightning is expected to subside in exchange for rain showers. With a 60-90 percent chance of precipitation throughout the weekend, Interlagos' unpredictable weather could play a huge factor in the direction of this year's championship.

Recent history suggests that Nico Rosberg has the upper hand in Brazil over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. The German has taken pole and gone on to win the previous two races at Interlagos. Given that Hamilton has never stood on the top step in Brazil, all signs point towards a Rosberg win. However, Hamilton's performances in the United States and Mexico were menacing, and the Briton needs a win in order to keep his title hopes alive. Given how well he performs under pressure, and with rain potentially on the cards, ESPN is backing Hamilton to finally break his Brazil duck at the 10th attempt to take the title fight to Abu Dhabi.

Despite never winning in Brazil, Lewis Hamilton is the bookies' favourite at 5/6 to take victory. Ricciardo (11/1) is the closest driver to take the fight to Mercedes, while in the battle for fourth, Force India are backed to edge out Williams in qualifying, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg tied on same odds at 200/1 compared with Valtteri Bottas (300/1) and Felipe Massa (500/1). Fernando Alonso is 9/2 to record a top six finish for McLaren.

Very tricky turn in on the left-hand side. Big braking to turn four, left-hand side, 90 degrees, a pretty good corner. Then you get to the middle part -- turn five is a high-speed corner going up the crest. "Then it's turn six and the hairpin on the right-hand side. Turn seven is a left-hand side corner, no braking, just a lift off. The second hairpin is then on the right-hand side, a second high-speed corner going down the hill, prior to the last turn. For so long in the contrails of Lewis Hamilton, a driver with whom he has duelled ever since their days as cherubic karting prodigies, Nico Rosberg knows that he will never have a better chance than this. Whether in negotiating torrential downpours at the Fuji Speedway in 2007, or carving expertly through late showers to win at Silverstone last year, he has a mastery of damp conditions that should make Rosberg nervous – especially when the sweeping corners of Interlagos look likely to be drenched once more.

Nico Rosberg must just hope there is no repeat of the dramas of 2003, when successive storm-fronts created a scene of aqua-planing mayhem. For while few dispute his technical acumen as a driver, there were doubts expressed privately in the paddock on Friday about his capacity for eyeballs-out racing. Unlike Hamilton or Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Rosberg is not a natural wheel-to-wheel aggressor. The margins are wafer-thin, but Rosberg’s perceived lack of belligerence could be the one factor that denies him recognition among Formula One’s truly exceptional talents. In the final analysis, though, on Sunday's title decider in Brazil rests firmly in Rosberg’s hands. Win, and he would secure the title that his charismatic father once inspired him to pursue. Spin out, as he might be prone to do on a wet and wild afternoon, and the slugfest would roll on to Abu Dhabi in a fortnight’s time.


How Nico Rosberg can win the F1 world championship this weekend

Rosberg could, remarkably, seal a 10th world championship for Germany in just 17 years, after the supremacy of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. The problem, as Hamilton put it less than tactfully at Hockenheim in 2014, is that Rosberg is “not really German”.

Every inch a citizen of Europe, he is smooth, cosmopolitan and a brilliant linguist but not, alas, a character who inspires intensely partisan passions.

Bernie Ecclestone has noticed as much, effectively telling Rosberg to his face that he lacked charisma. Hamilton hardly has to worry, then, about where he stands in relation to Rosberg in the popularity stakes, but it is this title battle that consumes his every waking hour. Brilliantly composed for his two recent wins in Austin and Mexico City, he arrives in Sao Paulo, the setting for his extraordinary last-gasp title triumph over Felipe Massa in 2008, with his confidence heightened and his resolve strengthened.

It is a mystifying omission on Hamilton’s CV that he has never won in Brazil, but he argued that he felt pressure from history. I have nothing to lose.”

So far, the portents are promising for Hamilton. He finished at the top of the time-sheets in both practice sessions on Friday, even if Rosberg ran him close. It is necessary to remember sometimes that the closeness of the contest between the drivers has rescued the season, such is Mercedes’ crushing dominance.

Since the dawn of the V6 engines, introduced at the start of 2014, this all-conquering team have lost a mere eight races in three seasons. It can scarcely be in the sport’s long-term interests for this one-sidedness to be sustained. Formula One, after all, needs injections of energy and entertainment wherever it can find them. Rosberg, should he race away to his 10th win in 2016 on Sunday, would be a worthy champion, but whether he is good for business is a moot point.


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