Rosberg & Hamilton focused and ready for title fight in Abu Dhabi
By: S.H. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 24, 2016 Updated: 11:01 PM
Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are focused and ready for their world championship battle this weekend. The two men face the press before facing each other in this Sunday's grand prix showdown.
Things got off to an interesting start when neither man chose to shake hands with one another, with Rosberg verbally saying he does not want to.
Just 12 points separate Hamilton and Rosberg, after Lewis Hamilton’s stellar victory in Brazil. Hamilton was asked if it would be a bittersweet end to the season to score another win which would inch him closer to Micheal Schumacher’s record, but leave him just short of the championship.
“It will be a challenge for sure but one I’m certain that I can face head on and do well. In terms of the Championship, if it doesn’t go the way I’d hope, well, the Championship generally hasn’t gone the way I’d hoped up until now. So 2016 has generally not been a spectacular year but there’s been lots of positives to take out from it and either way I will take all the positives into next season,” said Hamilton.
As for Rosberg, when asked if he would be ready for the possible pressure from Red Bull this weekend, Rosberg chose to avoid thinking about possible outcomes.
“I’m here to win, not think about who might or not come between or be right behind me or whatever. 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,” said Rosberg.
Nico Rosberg has only missed five podiums this season, with Lewis Hamilton only missing four. However, Hamilton has been plagued with reliability problems thru most of the season, suffering energy recovery system (ERS) failures during qualifying in China and Russia, having hydraulics problems in Singapore, and a engine failure in Malaysia.
This raises the question: can Rosberg’s luck of near perfect reliability last him until the end of Sunday’s race or will disaster strike at a time where he will need it the most? Rosberg only needs a podium finish in Abu Dhabi to guarantee him the title, where Hamilton needs to win and have Rosberg finish fourth or lower to rob him of the trophy.