Rosberg must buck up in unfamiliar territory

NEW MILESTONE: The starting grid of the 'European Grand Prix' circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is hosting its first grand prix this weekend.


    Jun 17, 2016

    Rosberg must buck up in unfamiliar territory


    FORMULA One takes a step into the unknown this weekend with its first grand prix in

    Azerbaijan but triple world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes the race will take him back to familiar territory.

    A triumph in Baku would not only complete a hat-trick of victories for the Briton but could also see him overtake Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings for the first time this year.

    After winning the last two races in Monaco and Montreal, while championship leader Rosberg finished off the podium, Hamilton slashed the gap between them from 43 points to nine.

    If he makes it three in a row by winning a race billed as the "European Grand Prix", Rosberg must finish second to avoid falling behind his rival, who has beaten him to the championship for the last two years.

    Rosberg, winner of the first four races of the season, as well as the last three of 2015, needs to hit back in Baku.

    He won last season's "new" race, the Mexican Grand Prix that was returning for the first time since 1992, but Hamilton had just won his third title and taken his foot off the gas.

    "Canada unfortunately didn't work out as planned. But that's how things go when you're pushing the limits and I'm not going to change my approach or start backing down," said the German.

    "I'm in this championship battle to win it, not to settle for second best."