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Weather won't rain on my parade, says title-chaser Nico

Published 12/11/2016

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in the garage during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in the garage during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix

Championship leader Nico Rosberg insists he is not fazed by the prospect of rain thwarting his bid to close out the Formula One title in Brazil this weekend. Rosberg, who leads Lewis Hamilton in the title race by 19 points, will be crowned the sport's 33rd world champion tomorrow evening should he triumph at Interlagos.

The German, son of 1982 champion Keke Rosberg, has won here for the past two years but the looming threat of heavy rain could hamper his chances of emulating his father.

At the two rounds where rain has been a factor this season - in Monaco and at the British Grand Prix - Rosberg has struggled while Hamilton won on both occasions.

But when asked if he would prefer a dry or wet race, a bullish Rosberg said: "I wouldn't mind both as it makes no difference. In the past I felt comfortable on this track even in the wet."

Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday. The 31-year-old Briton needs his rival to finish fourth or lower in Brazil to take the title fight back into his own hands ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

For Rosberg, the equation is simple - win on Sunday and the title is his.

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