Until now I’ve had the best season of all drivers, says Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg’s lead over Mercedes fellow team member Lewis Hamilton might be down to a solitary point halfway through the Formula One title, however the German driver showed up as casual as ever on Thursday.
Rosberg, who has five triumphs and 168 focuses this season to four and 167 for Hamilton, said that the Hungarian Grand Prix, which Hamilton has won four times, does not feel distinctive to him than whatever other race, regardless of the fact that Hamilton may have fetched Rosberg a win here in 2014 by disregarding group requests to give Rosberg a chance to pass.
“As of recently I’ve had the best period of all drivers. I don’t take a gander at the 10,000 foot view,” Rosberg said. “The best approach for me to win is to concentrate on the weekend that is close by.”
Rosberg, who was runner-up behind two-time safeguarding champion Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, said not even the standard group investigation of a year ago’s race at the Hungaroring would benefit much.
“The black-top is new and that will make it altogether different out there,” Rosberg said. “We just about begin sans preparation. Likewise the kerbs are new with the goal that will change a considerable measure of things.”
Hamilton and four-time best on the planet Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari both said they were baffled with the Hungaroring update.
“I wish they didn’t (transform it). I wished they’d spared their cash,” Hamilton said, depicting the circuit as “astounding” however regretting its loss of character. “The track was quite astonishing some time recently. The more seasoned this track shows signs of improvement.”
Vettel, a year ago’s champ here, said he was embittered by the presumable loss of the circuit’s trademark knocks and the overhauled kerbs, some of which have been recharged while others included and displayed those at different tracks like Barcelona and Abu Dhabi.
“It would be a disgrace on the off chance that every one of the knocks vanish,” Vettel said. “The checks characterize the spirit of the track. On the off chance that we put the same controls on each and every track, then every one of the tracks feel a tad bit the same just with various sorts of corners. I’m not a fanatic of it.”
While Mercedes has won nine of 10 races this season and 41 of the last 48, the group has been worse than average in Hungary recently. Daniel Ricciardo won for Red Bull in 2014 and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was first a year ago.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth here in 2015 and is the main non-Mercedes driver to win this year.
“It was an extraordinary weekend, I delighted in that one a ton,” Verstappen, the most youthful F1 champ ever, said in regards to his past race here. “Ideally this year we are going for more than fourth. We can be on the platform.”
The Hungaroring’s moderate, winding track is frequently contrasted with the Monaco circuit and Red Bull’s odds here were judged to be great by no other than Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who said the group was a “noteworthy danger,” particularly in the event that it downpours on Sunday. Early figures say there is a slight chance for showers on race day.
Rosberg was likewise casual about the new radio correspondence rules amongst groups and drivers amid the race. He was punished 10 seconds at Silverstone on the grounds that directions from Mercedes cautioning about issues with the gearbox and instructing him to maintain a strategic distance from seventh rigging were judged to repudiate rules making drivers perform “alone and unaided.”
Despite the fact that he completed second behind Rosberg, the punishment pushed Rosberg back to third.
New guidelines from FIA, motorsport’s administering body, say groups will be compelled to call the drivers into pit path for repairs — or to pull back from the race — on the off chance that they caution them of any glitches, motorsport.com reported.
Radio guidelines are “not something I consider,” Rosberg said, while recognizing that all the counsel and directions drivers were getting amid the race baffled fans.
“It’s come to fruition since fans said we resembled manikins out there, simply doing what the architects are stating,” Rosberg said. “Presently we’re attempting this and I believe it’s alright. It makes it all the more trying for us out on the track.”