Mercedes: F1 title battle will not force a change of approach

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe says the team has to do its best to make sure it treats the Brazilian Grand Prix as any other race, despite the Formula 1 championship battle between its drivers.

Nico Rosberg leads teammate Lewis Hamilton by 19 points with two races remaining, meaning the German can clinch his first F1 title at Interlagos if he wins the event.

Despite the tense situation, Lowe insists Mercedes must treat the weekend like any other grand prix.

"The drivers' championship is getting very exciting with only two races to go," said Lowe in a team preview ahead of the Brazilian GP.

"That's the big focus of everyone's thoughts and, as usual, we will do our very best to treat this as a normal race, approaching the weekend with the highest levels of discipline and an overriding objective to ensure we provide both drivers with the best equipment for a fair competition."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons the pressure will be lower on Rosberg knowing that he has two match points left.

Wolff reckons, however, that Hamilton will not give his rival one inch in the title fight.

"For Nico, all this talk of just needing to finish second in order to make it to the end is over," Wolff said. "He has it in his hands. If he wins the race in Brazil, he is champion.

"We've seen many races, particularly in the second half of this season, where he has coped well under pressure.

"But, mentally, I think this new situation is actually a bit easier in terms of tackling the situation with a little less pressure, as he still has another chance in Abu Dhabi.

"Equally, Lewis knows what he must do to keep his title hopes alive. He will never back down and that's what makes him one of the great ones.

"He has three championships and 51 victories under his belt - and no matter the outcome this year, we all know there will be more to come."

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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Track Interlagos
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news