Rosberg ready for ‘intense’ finale

November 20, 2014 15:45:54 UK

Mercedes title hopeful Nico Rosberg says he remains optimistic ahead of what he expects to be an ‘intense’ final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The pre-race build-up has been dominated by Fernando Alonso’s move to McLaren and Sebastian Vettel’s switch to Ferrari for next season, but Rosberg and Hamilton will take centre stage when the action does get underway

Rosberg goes into the race at Yas Marina trailing his team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 17 points, but with double points on offer in Abu Dhabi, a win for the German would mean that Hamilton would have to finish second to win the drivers’ title for a second time.

I wouldn’t use the word pressure, but it’s going to be an intense weekend and a great battle.

Nico Rosberg

And Rosberg is remaining positive for the coming weekend, telling reporters: “There are many scenarios, but as I say, I’m optimistic.

“I wouldn’t use the word pressure, but it’s going to be an intense weekend and a great battle, so I’ll look forward to it.

“That’s what I’ve been working towards for a while now, to have a chance here and Lewis is a great competitor and opponent and it will be hopefully a great end to the season.

“I’m here to try and win the race, but I then need a bit of help from Lewis so that he doesn’t finish second.”

Robserg can be backed at 2.20 to win the race and is 4.33 to be crowned world champion, while Hamilton is 1.20 to add to the drivers’ title he won with McLaren in 2008.

The Englishman is also remaining calm in the face of the challenge ahead, adding: “I come into the weekend trying to win the race, so nothing changes there. In terms of the pressure, I don’t really feel anything.”

Hamilton won five consecutive Grands Prix before Rosberg took the chequered flag in Brazil last time out.

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