Nico Rosberg is refusing to entertain the idea of losing this year’s World title to Lewis Hamilton as he is fully avoiding all negative thoughts.
With four races remaining in this year’s championship, 100 points, Rosberg is leading the Drivers’ standings by 33 points ahead of his British team-mate.
Such is his advantage that Rosberg only has to finish second in the final few grands prix to wrap up his first World title.
And the German is not even considering the thought of how he will deal with it should he lose.
“I haven’t thought of that because I am planning to go for more race wins at the moment and that’s it,” he said in the build-up to the United States GP.
“And definitely such negative thoughts I will fully avoid.
“There’s no point, that’s not going to make me faster this weekend to think how am I going to feel if I lose. That doesn’t work.
“It’s business as usual this weekend.
“Why lose energy and think about something that’s still miles away and can or cannot happen? Better just stay in the moment and make the best of it.
“You can choose what you think about, can’t you. I choose to think about Austin and the weekend that I have here… I don’t suppress it, I just go for something else.”
Rosberg does not have a great record at the Circuit of the Americas, losing to Hamilton in 2014 and again last season.
The German believes this season he can pull one back against his team-mate.
“The car that I have I can win on any track against Lewis. This weekend we’re starting from scratch and we’re prepared for a good battle.
“It’s going to be difficult against him, he’s going to be fully motivated. He’s going to be at his best, I’m sure.”
He added: “I will still try and push for the win. 100 percent, all the way, until the second flag.”