Rosberg has plenty to celebrate ahead of 200th race

Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:28pm EDT
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg will start his 200th Formula One race in Singapore on Sunday with every chance of moving to the top of the championship standings after securing pole position.

Rosberg trails Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton by two points with seven rounds remaining but, after winning in Belgium and Italy since Formula One returned from its annual summer break, the 31-year-old is in the form of his life.

"I'm feeling good at the moment but I was feeling good before the summer break as well," the German told reporters on Saturday.

"My aim is to try and win this race.

"It's looking like I have a very good chance for tomorrow and that's it and I don't think beyond that."

Rosberg led Hamilton by 43 points early in the season but the Briton overhauled him with six wins in seven races before the German hit back in the last two rounds.

He will be hoping to maintain his push for a first championship with a maiden win in Singapore, a race that has only ever been won by world champions since the inaugural grand prix in 2008.

"It may be time to change that then," said Rosberg, when reminded of the statistic.   Continued...

Formula One - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay, Singapore - 17/9/16 Mercedes' driver Nico Rosberg of Germany before qualifying. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee