Rosberg: Giving up is not an option

Date published: September 8 2015

Nico Rosberg has already set his sights on the Singapore Grand Prix after his title hopes took a big blow in Italy.

The German started the weekend 28 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship, but he now founds himself 53 points behind after he was forced to retire late in the race while his Mercedes team-mate went on to claim the victory.

It certainly was a weekend to forget for Rosberg as he suffered a cooling system leak on his W06 before qualifying with the team deciding to use an older engine in his car.

He ended up starting P4 on the grid and found himself P6 at the first corner on Sunday, but he fought back to challenge Sebastian Vettel for second place before his engine blew close to the end and his title odds have lengthened on Paddy Power as a result.

"This weekend was very tough for me," he said. "There were just too many problems with my car which made it impossible to fight for the win.

"It hurts a lot when you have to retire with just two or three laps to go. A few corners earlier, I felt already that I had lost some power but was still hoping I could make it.

"It was a massive step in the wrong direction for me in the Championship – but to complain doesn't help in these situations. I just need to keep pushing and come back even stronger."

Next up is the Singapore Grand Prix and you can bet on Rosberg hitting back with victory through Paddy Power.

He added: "Giving up is not an option for me. I will push hard to turn things in the right direction – starting in Singapore, which is one of my favourite races. I'm looking forward to it already."