Rosberg says wins still priority

By on Saturday, September 6, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg says that winning races is still his priority, despite holding a 29 point lead over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with seven races remaining in 2014.

Rosberg will start the Italian Grand Prix from second position after being beaten in qualifying by Hamilton but insists that he is not thinking about preserving his championship advantage.

"At the moment I’m out to win," he said.

"I'm not thinking about the end of the season yet, I’m trying to win the race."

Rosberg missed most of the third practice session prior to qualifying due to a gearbox issue, but he says the feeling of the Mercedes W05 Hybrid left him in a comfortable position.

"To be honest straight on the first run in qualifying I had a good feeling and the car was better than yesterday in many areas," he said.

"I got straight into it in many areas, I was expecting it to be more complicated but from that point of view qualifying was okay.

"It was an okay lap, from that point of view second place is good for tomorrow, it’s a long race and anything can happen. [I will] try and get a good start."

Rosberg also praised the work of his Mercedes team, which is aiming for a 10th victory of 2014 on Sunday.

"Even on a track like Monza, such a different track, even coming here we’re so dominant and that’s great to see," he said.

"It’s really awesome, the team has done a fantastic job."

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