Rosberg out to deny Hamilton a first in Brazil

Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:47am EST
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has never won the Brazilian Grand Prix and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg intends to keep it that way for another year.

"With all due respect to his ambitions, I want to win there as well," said the German, last year's winner at Interlagos from pole position after he had lapped fastest in every practice session.

With Hamilton feeling sufficiently unwell to delay his flight to Brazil by a day on doctors' orders, Rosberg will fancy his chances of a Latin American double after his recent triumph in Mexico.

With both titles decided, Hamilton having wrapped up his third Formula One championship in Texas last month after Mercedes retained the constructors' crown in Russia, Sunday's race is all about the winner on the day.

Hamilton has now tried eight times to win in Sao Paulo, his best result coming last year when he was runner-up, and has only twice finished on the podium.

But he did clinch his first title there in 2008, when he finished fifth with a pass at the end of the last lap, and the race has a special place in his heart as home to his late boyhood idol Ayrton Senna.

"It was a dream of mine to race in Sao Paulo when I was younger and I always feel his presence when I'm there," the Briton said this week.

"It's amazing to think that it took Ayrton eight attempts to win this race and it's one of the few I haven't yet won myself," he added.

"If I can change that this weekend it would be a salute to him and another highlight to add to this amazing year, so I'll be going all out to make that happen."   Continued...

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Mexican Grand Prix. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Hoch Zwei