Nico Rosberg: ‘I’m not benefitting from others misfortune now’

Nico Rosberg insists he is not concerned by the speed at which Lewis Hamilton has managed to slash his lead in the drivers’ championship to one point.

Rosberg was 43 points ahead of Hamilton following the collision between the two at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, but in the space of five races his lead has been cut to just one point. Yet Rosberg, who won the opening four races of the season, refuses to look at the the first half of the year as an opportunity lost.

“Well it’s very easy, I can make the choice of taking the glass half-empty view on it, or of taking the glass half-full view of it which has been a very good first half of the season and leading the championship,” he said. “It’s been a pretty damn good start to the season which I’m pleased about.

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“I’ve had some good races, I had a good race in Austria which went wrong, yeah it can happen and then a good run out there in the dry at Silverstone — not so much in the beginning of the race — but there’s a lot of positives.

“Anyway, I’m feeling great and the battle is on with Lewis, I’m not counting points because it’s still such a long way to go and I don’t like to do that.”

Asked why he was unable to match Hamilton at the last race at Silverstone, Rosberg added: “In the race nothing was lacking I was really feeling great. I have the fastest lap of the race by some margin as well, I was feeling great.

“What was lacking was that Red Bull that was in front of me for a few laps and then I lost a bit in the wet phase in the first part of the race, that’s it. And qualifying he just did a good job.”

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