WATCH OUT, LEWIS: Nico Rosberg is certain he can win the 2015 Formula 1 title. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic
LONDON, England - Nico Rosberg is sure he can keep pushing team mate Lewis Hamilton in the fight for the 2015 title.
In 2014 the Mercedes drivers had a close duel for spoils, with Hamilton emerging with his second career title and a palpable boost in confidence.
The Briton appeared to carry that form into this season but Rosberg has also impressed, as he is currently within one victory of the championship lead.
'NOTHING HAS CHANGED'
Asked if he could be the 2015 champion, Rosberg told Spain's Diario AS: "Definitely. I'm really enjoying the fight with Lewis and I’m sure I am capable of winning - I keep believing in myself."
Asked what changed in his approach as he ended an early-season dip in form, Rosberg answered: "Nothing. Simply phases. Nothing has changed in the way I work.”
A technical or psychological explanation? "No, I really don't think that," he insisted. It's like going to the casino and playing blackjack - sometimes you win seven times in a row and sometimes you are on the other side of that."
'HE'S VERY STRONG...'
Rosberg does not even admit that Hamilton has a big upper hand in qualifying, even though he has rarely been quicker than the Briton this year on Saturday.
"He's very strong, undoubtedly," the German said, "but it's a matter of tenths. And you're better off being stronger in the race anyway.”
Asked to predict on which circuit he might be faster, Rosberg said: "We're very close and every weekend I have a chance to win. No matter where we are, I know that if I do things right I have a chance of beating him."