The FIA F1 World Championship continues this weekend with the Hungarian Grand Prix forming the 11th round of the 2016 season.
Nico Rosberg arrives at the Hungaroring as leader of the Drivers’ Standings, but the Mercedes AMG Petronas racer has just a single point advantage over his team-mate, and winner of the recent British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg said: “I relish the battle with Lewis. We have both been having good races and now the season is reaching its halfway mark and I’m feeling great in myself and great in the car, so bring it on.
“This week the focus will be on us both, but this track is good for other teams and last year Ferrari won here.”
As a three-time world champion and coming off the back of his win at Silverstone, Hamilton is high on confidence ahead of Sunday, saying he feels ‘fresh, powerful and confident’.
He added: “After Silverstone it is obvious that we are set for a great end of season battle for the championship. The British Grand Prix was great for me, the fans were superb and really motivated me and enabled me to win.
“I have incredible support there (Hungary), so I can’t wait to get out on track,”
Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to provide the closest challenge to Brackley-based Mercedes this weekend, although both Force India and Toro Rosso are hopeful of strong drives.
Sergio Perez has bagged himself two impressive podium placings so far this season, and Nico Hulkenberg has seen an upturn in performance in recent races.
Perez says: “Hungary sometimes throws up an unusual result, and if it does this weekend, I hope I will be able to capitalise.”
Both Toro Rosso racers finished inside the top ten at Silverstone, and Carlos Sainz Jr has been performing well.
He said: “My aim is to keep scoring as many points as possible. I think this track will suit my car this week.”
Having claimed a 10th place finish at Silverstone, his first point-scoring drive since the Spanish Grand Prix, Toro Rosso’s Russian driver Daniil Kvyat is also keen to finish in the top ten.
He said this week: “I have had a few mixed results in the last few races, but Silverstone was much better for me and the team. I really want to score points this weekend, and I will be doing my best for the team.”