Double points? Fantastic idea, jokes Rosberg

Thu Nov 6, 2014 1:30pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Even in adversity, with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton romping to five wins in a row and a 24-point lead in the Formula One championship, Nico Rosberg can see the funny side of the situation.

From being strongly against 'Abu Double', Formula One's controversial and unprecedented double points finale that will keep the title battle open all the way to Abu Dhabi on Nov. 23, the German spoke like a convert on Thursday.

"I do (like it) now. It's really a fantastic idea," he jokingly exclaimed to reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix when reminded about how much he disliked it only a few months ago when he was in front.

"For sure it's great," added the German. "Great news that for sure this year I have a chance to win the championship the way it is now.

"I'm also happy because it's good for the fans that it’s going to be exciting until the very end. And, yeah, for sure it keeps me very, very optimistic."

In July, when he was leading by 14 points, he had declared in a newspaper column: "The concept is really artificial, I don't like it and that is a pity, but that is the way it is and we have got to accept it."

In truth, his views have not changed -- as he emphasized in a later television interview when he again called double points 'artificial' -- but like any racing driver Rosberg would take the title whichever way it comes.

The talk of a late surprise may also help to wind up Hamilton.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany adjusts his headphone as he attends a news conference at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker