Jul 01, 2016

    Rosberg can be lord of Ring with a 3-peat


    NICO Rosberg is the only current Formula One driver to have won in Austria and Mercedes' championship leader intends to keep it that way on Sunday by completing his hat-trick in Red Bull's backyard.

    The German arrives at the scenic Red Bull Ring buoyed by a victory in Baku which restored his lead over teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton to 24 points with 13 rounds left.

    "Baku was a good weekend for me. I really felt at one with the car," said Rosberg who celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday.

    "I can't wait to see what it can do in Spielberg. To have two wins from two races at any track is pretty special so if I could make it three in three, that would be awesome."

    Rosberg had dominated in Azerbaijan, leading all the way from pole position and also setting the fastest lap.

    Yet, he has never started from the front in Austria, winning last year from second on the grid and third in 2014 when Williams swept the front row.

    Hamilton, who finished fifth in Baku after starting 10th, will be looking to do much better at what he calls an "old school track".

    "It's fast, with a good flow to it. It's tough to overtake but there are places you can try something different, so that's a good challenge," he said.

    "It's definitely a big advantage starting up front there, though, so I need to get back on it in qualifying and do a better job than last time out."

    Only Mercedes-powered cars have finished in the top three since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 after an 11-year break, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel fourth last season.