Nico Rosberg is not giving up on the FIA F1 Drivers Championship despite trailing his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 48 points.
The Brackley team head to Russia for this weekend’s Grand Prix looking for a repeat one-two which they achieved there last year.
We have five races to go and, although the gap to Lewis is quite big, it’s not over yetNico Rosberg
The German driver said: “We have five races to go and, although the championship gap to Lewis is quite big, in my mind it’s definitely not over yet.
“The way the whole team has performed this year – from the factories to the garage – has been just incredible and I have the car I need to get back to the top step.
“I’m aiming to put all those tools they’ve given me to good use and bring home a top result.”
Hamilton said: “The car was unbelievable to drive in Japan, so hopefully it’ll be more of the same at the remaining races starting in Sochi.
“Last year was the first experience I’d had of Russia in my racing career and we had a great race there.
“Fingers crossed we can add to those great memories again this weekend, I’ll be pushing as hard as I can to make that happen.”
Team boss Toto Wolff said: “Japan was an important weekend for the team, we had to hit back strongly after Singapore and that objective was achieved on all fronts, in the cockpit and in the garage.
“While we take satisfaction from these successes, however, we do not lose sight of our failures.
“There are still many obstacles left to overcome and we must continue to tackle them with full force.
“We return to Russia with positive memories from last year when the team sealed the first F1 Constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish.
“A repeat performance in Sochi is absolutely the target but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”