Rosberg one win away from his first title

Wed Nov 9, 2016 6:05am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Win in Brazil on Sunday, win the Formula One title: Nico Rosberg's task sounds simple enough but is a lot harder to achieve.

The German is one step away from securing his first championship, which he will do if he wins at Interlagos regardless of where Mercedes team mate, triple champion and title rival Lewis Hamilton finishes.

The odds are in Rosberg's favor -- he has won for the past two seasons from pole position in Sao Paulo whereas the anti-clockwise circuit has yet to reward Hamilton with a victory.

And yet the pressure of being within touching distance of a lifelong dream can play on the mind, and increase the pressure, while the fickle Sao Paulo weather can wreak havoc with the best laid plans.

Last year, Hamilton had already won the title and his focus was elsewhere. This time he comes on the back of two successive wins and, like Rosberg, seeking a hat-trick.

Another win for the Briton would take the battle down to the wire at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina and, if Rosberg were to fail to score in Brazil, a potential 'winner takes all' scenario.

"I'll wait until the end of the year," said Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone when asked whether he felt Rosberg looked a 'fairly safe bet'.

Rosberg will not be changing his 'one race at a time' approach.   Continued...

Oct 23, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (6) of Germany waves to the crowd after he comes in second place during the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports