News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Rosberg contrasts 'focus' with Hamilton's lifestyle


Formula 1 News - March, 2016

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
UK - USA
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Links
Translate
Search
Contact Us
About
Archives
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup


Mar.14 (GMM) Nico Rosberg says he has worked to simplify his life and narrow his focus upon beating Lewis Hamilton for the first time in three years.

Even if Mercedes dominates yet again, the all-silver driver battle could be fascinating in 2016.

That is because Hamilton dominated Rosberg for most of last season until he wrapped up the title, when the Briton admittedly let his off-track, celebrity trappings divert his focus.

"Lewis slackened off at the end of last season, which got Nico those wins," 1996 world champion Damon Hill told the Times.

"But that goes to show that you just can't - even if you are Lewis Hamilton - take your foot off the accelerator. Hunger and desire are really important components."

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda observed: "Lewis is into Hollywood, the fashion shows, the Super Bowl, but when he gets into the car he is still strong.

"Nico is much more focused on the technical side," the F1 legend told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

And what German Rosberg also has in his favour going into 2016, Lauda acknowledged, is form.

"If Nico starts as he finished last season, with pole position and a win, there could be a very interesting situation that is new for us," he said.

"When Nico is in the front, it is difficult for everyone else," added Lauda.

Rosberg is even tuning up on the psychological side ahead of 2016, although it was Hamilton who took a jab at Rosberg's greying hair during a Stuttgart press conference last week.

"I don't have grey hair!" Rosberg hit back in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

"He just said that because he didn't know how else to counter what I said," the German said on Sunday.

Rosberg is emphasising the difference in approach between himself and Hamilton going into 2016, contrasting his focus with Hamilton's off-track antics.

"I am even more efficient than before," he insisted. "I have directed all my energy into focusing on the sport. I want absolutely nothing to distract me.

"It is all these little things that count in the end," said Rosberg. "I am now fully in world championship mode."

As for Hamilton, he declared just days ago that he has no intention of lifting the throttle on his celebrity lifestyle, saying he wants his off-track time to keep matching the excitement of racing in F1.

"Well then it will be a very interesting year," said Rosberg. "I'm curious about it because eventually it must be too much, right?"

And if Rosberg does keep his nose in front of Hamilton, it will have the added benefit of securing his place at Mercedes, amid the threat posed by Pascal Wehrlein.

"I'm sure I will be here at Mercedes for a few more years," Rosberg said. "It just works and our cooperation is great. I've been here from day one.

"But Pascal is still very young. Perhaps his time at Mercedes will come."

comments powered by Disqus
If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you set your document mode to IE 8 (Alt+8) or via F12 to see and add comments

10 'n' Pole Formula 1 Tipping Competition - Have fun and win - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
09 Aug: F1 should start 2021 engine planning now - officials Comments
09 Aug: F1's Brazilian duo face uncertain future Comments
08 Aug: Bottas has Renault 'offer' - source Comments
08 Aug: Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi Comments
08 Aug: Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko Comments
08 Aug: Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso Comments
08 Aug: Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner Comments
05 Aug: Ecclestone credits Verstappen for Heineken deal Comments
05 Aug: Montezemolo struggles to hold tongue over Ferrari Comments
05 Aug: Wehrlein defends performance against Haryanto Comments
04 Aug: Ecclestone to 'sell' F1 radio coms - report Comments
04 Aug: Sirotkin in running for Renault seat - father Comments
04 Aug: Hulkenberg hails McLaren-Honda progress Comments
04 Aug: Marko plays down Kvyat axe rumours Comments
04 Aug: Renault could turn blue for 2017 - reports Comments
03 Aug: Mercedes, McLaren in dispute over engineer Comments
03 Aug: Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon Comments
03 Aug: Lauda to help Rosberg bounce back Comments
03 Aug: Father defends Magnussen's F1 commitment Comments
03 Aug: Marchionne 'not satisfied' but staying the course Comments

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top


 
F1 Tickets
Chinese F1 GP
Belgian F1 GP
Singapore F1 GP
Italian F1 GP
Abu Dhabi F1 GP
US F1 GP
Few tickets still available
MotoGP Tickets
British MotoGP
Czech Republic MotoGP
San Marino MotoGP
Valencia MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2012 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2012 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks


Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers