With the battle between Mercedes, Ferrari and Lotus for second in the constructor’s standings still raging on, Lewis Hamilton believes the final three races of the 2013 season are all about scoring consistent top 10 results.
Mercedes took the runner-up spot from Ferrari at the last round in India after Rosberg and Hamilton finished in second and sixth place respectively. With the 2013 season moving on to Abu Dhabi this weekend, the gap from second to fourth is just 28 points.
The Brit always enjoys visiting Abu Dhabi and believes there is still plenty for Mercedes to achieve this year: “The race in Abu Dhabi is always a fun weekend and one which I really enjoy. The circuit and the whole Yas Marina complex are so impressive and racing from the sunshine into the twilight is quite special. With three races left of the season, we are still pushing and there is a lot that our team can achieve in that period.
“It’s all about consistency now and making sure that both Nico and I score good points so that we can keep the other teams behind us. We’re up for the challenge!”
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a real favourite for Nico Rosberg. The German driver is hoping that the momentum from India will continue at the Yas Marina Circuit. “It’s also very unique as a twilight race and working on a different timetable makes a nice change from the usual race weekend,” he said.
“On the track, we will be looking to continue the pace and performance of the car that we saw in India and hopefully the result. It was a really positive weekend for me and I’m pleased that the team now has renewed momentum in our fight for second place.”
Team principal Ross Brawn, who is rumoured to be leaving the Brackley based outfit at the end of 2013, is looking for another positive result to help maintain the team’s position in the constructor’s standings: “India was a strong weekend for us with some valuable points scored and we will aim to have another positive weekend in Abu Dhabi to consolidate our position.”
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