Nico Rosberg is determined to finish on the podium at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend and put an end to a drought that has lasted since 2008.
Since a second place eight years ago when he was racing for AT&T Williams, Rosberg has been unable to conquer the Marina Bay Street Circuit with his best finish being fourth on two occasions.
Rosberg, though, acknowledged that a podium finish will be no easy task, especially as he believes the track is more suited to Red Bull.
“Standing on top of that Monza podium was an awesome experience,” Rosberg said. “I’ll definitely remember that one for a long time!
“But now my focus is on Singapore – a race that’s been up and down for me. I got my second ever podium there way back in 2008 but haven’t been up there again since, so the target is to change that on Sunday. Of course, it won’t be easy.
“This is a Red Bull track and we weren’t so strong there last year. But I have faith in the team and my belief in myself is as high as ever.”
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 12, 2016
Rosberg is involved in a tense battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula 1 championship standings.
Hamilton currently holds a two-point lead, but Rosberg is confident that he can overtake the Briton with a strong showing on Sunday.
“I approach each weekend aiming to win the race,” Rosberg said. “The points gap has gone up and down but I’ve taken it one race at a time – and that’s the best way for me, as you can see by how the gap is now.
“Singapore is a cool city and a great place for Formula One. The track looks spectacular under the lights and it’s always buzzing in town around the race weekend, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”
Experience the full coverage of the FIA Formula One season throughout 2016 on FOX Sports Play, where you can watch LIVE races from angles unlike any other, highlights, interviews, behind the scenes and many more. Don’t miss it!