IN THE DRIVING SEAT: Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg can wrap up the title at Interlagos. Image: AP / The Canadian Press
London - Two former grand prix winners are tipping Nico Rosberg to wrap-up his first world championship this weekend in Brazil.
Although his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton has won the last two races, Gerhard Berger thinks Rosberg was simply driving tactically in Austin and Mexico to protect his big points lead.
Formula 1 expert James Allen notes on his website that if Rosberg wins at Interlagos on Sunday (November 13), he'll wrap up his first F1 title.
Rosberg can win if he scores at least seven points more than Hamilton. Allen comments that if Rosberg finishes second with Hamilton 5th, Rosberg is 3rd with Hamilton 6th and so on.
Wrap-up the title in Brazil
Austrian Berger, who earlier this year helped German Rosberg negotiate his new contract, told Germany's Sport Bild: "I believe Nico didn't want to risk anything in Mexico and was avoiding danger.
"But now he can decide everything with a victory. If it was me, I would try to put it in the bag in Brazil. This will mean driving aggressively against Hamilton, who has more to lose from now on."
1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve also thinks Rosberg should come out fighting in Brazil, the penultimate race of the 2016 season before the Abu Dhabi finale.
Villeneuve said: "Nico needs to be on pole and win the start. And he needs to use Hamilton's statistics in Brazil against him, because he has never been able to win there."
Rosberg posted a photograph on his Instagram account: