Rosberg aiming for Austrian hat-trick

Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:10am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg is the only current Formula One driver to have won in Austria and Mercedes' championship leader intends to keep it that way on Sunday by completing his hat-trick in Red Bull's backyard.

The German arrives at the scenic Red Bull Ring buoyed by a victory in Baku which restored his lead over team mate and triple champion Lewis Hamilton to 24 points with 13 rounds remaining.

"Baku was a good weekend for me. I really felt at one with the car," said Rosberg, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday.

"I can't wait to see what it can do in Spielberg. To have two wins from two races at any track is pretty special, so if I could make it three in three that would be awesome.

"It's a short run to the first corner there and generally my starts and first corners have been strong this season, so if I can qualify well there's a good chance of a top result. I'm looking forward to the weekend."

Rosberg dominated in Azerbaijan, leading all the way from pole position and also setting the fastest lap.

Yet he has never started from the front in Austria, winning last year from second on the grid and third in 2014 when Williams swept the front row.

Hamilton, who finished fifth in Baku after starting 10th, will be looking to do much better at what he calls an 'old school track'.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg poses in a Mercedes W196 R during the Mercedes Benz media day at the Hockenheim racing circuit, Germany June 28,2016. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski