The 2016 Formula One drivers' championship is getting very exciting with only two races left to contest and with Mercedes already wrapping up the constructor’s crown for the third year running, that is where everyone’s focus is going to be this coming weekend.
Nico Rosberg, who currently sits on the cusp of his first ever world title, knows it is all but in his hands. If he wins this weekend’s race in Brazil, he is Champion and we have seen so many times this season that the German driver copes quite well under pressure.
Even if he doesn’t get the job done on Sunday, he still has another race to make it happen at the season finale, so the pressure isn't as great as it could be...
“Mexico wasn't ideal. I was going for the win as always but Lewis was just a little bit faster all weekend,” Nico explained of the last race. “Sometimes you just have to accept that and be satisfied with your work. I'm not going to change my approach.”
“I need to keep doing what helps me perform at my best and that's going for the win every time. There are still two races to go and anything can happen in this sport, so I need to focus my energy on the factors that I have in my control.”
“I've got good form in São Paulo. It's one of the real classic tracks, which usually produce some exciting races, so I'm looking forward to getting out there and having a big battle in front of those awesome Brazilian fans.”
The Interlagos circuit is quite a short lap in comparison to other venues, with a lot of elevation changes. Similar to Mexico City although not to the same extreme, São Paulo has slightly lower air pressure than the normal ambient, which has an effect on drag. The race weekend is also often affected by rain, which can make it an extremely challenging few days both on and off track.