BATTLING WITH EMOTIONS: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg couldn't hide his emotions after finishing third in Bahrain. Image: AP / Luca Bruno
BERLIN, Germany - Nico Rosberg insists he is not focusing on the championship standings at present.
After only four of 2015's 19 races the German is already 27 points behind his Mercedes team mate and reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton. That's triggered suggestions Rosberg is no longer capable of the sort of season-long championship challenge to Hamilton that he was in 2014.
Former F1 driver now BBC commentator Allan McNish agreed: "Time is already running out for Rosberg this season. If he wants to mount a challenge for the championship he must turn the tables on Lewis Hamilton sharpish.
"Fortunately there's now a decent break before the next race in Spain (Barcelona, May 10) for him to have a think about what to do next."
Rosberg told German magazine Auto Motor and Sport he was dealing with his current situation by taking one race at a time. "I've been looking at the championship standings with one eye," he was quoted as saying, "but it's not my focus. I just want to have some good races."
Rosberg said he would also concentrate on beating Hamilton in qualifying; he suggested his Mercedes team mate was too easily controlling races from the front.
"He controls it easily," Rosberg claimed. "At the beginning of stints he takes it easy then pulls it back out again.
"With the same car, you can't do anything about it."
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