Rosberg insists he did not settle for second in Mexico

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
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Formula One points leader Nico Rosberg insists he did not settle for second place behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Having entered the weekend with a 26-point advantage over his title rival, Rosberg knew he could afford to finish P2 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and still keep a decisive edge in the Driversโ€™ standings.

Despite having struggled to match Hamiltonโ€™s pace all weekend in Mexico, the German claims he did everything to score his 10th victory of the season.

โ€œ[It was] not really damage limitation I was going for the win out there,โ€ Rosberg said. โ€œIt didnโ€™t work out, Lewis did a great job, he was a little bit faster all weekend, in qualifying two-tenths and in the race a litter bit faster. I accept it, I accept second place, itโ€™s OK.โ€

Rosberg will head for Brazil, where he has won the last two races, knowing that he can wrap up the title with another victory regardless of Hamiltonโ€™s result.

However, the 31-year-old claims that it will not alter his mindset entering the Interlagos event.

โ€œYeah, itโ€™s cool to be in that situation, but Iโ€™m not going to change my approach because thatโ€™s what feels best.

โ€œI need to do what feels best and where I can perform at my best. Thatโ€™s the way itโ€™s going to be.โ€

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 19 points with two grands prix left this year.

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