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Rosberg eyes maiden F1 title in Brazil

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

German Nico Rosberg will claim his first Formula One world championship this weekend if he wins his third consecutive Brazilian Grand Prix.

While Australian Daniel Ricciardo secured third spot in the championship with his controversial third-place finish in Mexico a fortnight ago, Mercedes teammates Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton remain in a battle for top spot with two races remaining.

Rosberg, who has led the title race since the Italian Grand Prix in early September, holds a 19-point lead over Hamilton and will secure the title at the penultimate race of the season if he outscores his teammate by six points or more.

Along with a win, Rosberg would also claim the title if Hamilton fails to finish and the German comes at least seventh on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

Any spot on the podium would also be good enough for Rosberg if Hamilton fails to finish in the top five.

"I love the track. It's a great track, feels good and I've always gone well here," Rosberg said.

"But at the same time, this year we all start from zero. Those past wins are not going to help me get the win this weekend."

Hamilton is yet to win in Brazil, but the track is the site of his most famous championship miracle in 2008, where he overtook Timo Glock for fifth spot in the final race of the year - claiming his first world title by one point.

"It is a real challenge to come here and try to win for the first time," Hamilton said.

"That is my goal and I have got nothing really to lose."

Meanwhile the battle between Ricciardo and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will resume following the drama in Mexico City.

Red Bull's Ricciardo was particularly critical of the German's movement under breaking in a late battle in the race, for which Vettel was later penalised and demoted for.

Vettel again defended his actions on arrival in Brazil.

"I don't agree with the decision that was made," he said.

"I kept the car straight for more than the majority of the braking, so I think the reason why, from my point of view, why Daniel locked up so bad is because there was no grip on the inside and it's something that... yeah... I think we all knew."

Ricciardo though retained his stance that the stewards were right to penalise Vettel for his driving.

"You're putting the car on the limit because you're trying to out-brake someone," he said.

"So you're already on the edge, so any sort of move then, you're not really in control, I guess."

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