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Rosberg will relish Brazilian challenge, says Wolff

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Mexico City (AFP)

Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff believes Nico Rosberg will relish the challenge of trying to clinch his maiden title triumph with a victory in next month’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rosberg has a 19 points lead with two races remaining after finishing second behind defending three-time world champion and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Sundays Mexican Grand Prix.

“For Nico, it is in his hands now and I think it’s easier for him in terms of handling the situation with a little less pressure. He has a clear goal and he has another race afterwards in Abu Dhabi.

“All the talking about ‘you only need to finish second in order to make it’ is over now. If he wins in Brazil, he wins the championship.

“So it is really interesting. It’s great for the fans, what’s happening now, and it is great for the championship.”

Wolff added that he felt that the 31-year-old German was coping well with the pressure of his position.

“It is one of his strongest points. In the race, he was quite under pressure from Max Verstappen when he was catching up and he managed that well.

“We have seen many races where Nico does this, honestly. He is good under pressure.

“I don’t know how difficult it is, but I can only guess that it is difficult to manage a situation where you only need to finish second and avoid a DNF (did not finish).

“He is doing a very good job.”

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