Formula One: "Of Course Nico Has Everything To Lose,” Christian Horner

“Lewis' job is easier than Nico's as he's the one who has the pressure to close up the championship.”

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Red Bull Racing's Team Principal Christian Horner says that, in the Abu Dhabi finale, Nico Rosberg has everything to lose and Lewis Hamilton has an easier job. As of now, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 12 points and he only needs to finish the race in third place to secure his first title.

During a media event in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Horner said, "Of course Nico has everything to lose. It seems a top-three finish is a straightforward result for a Mercedes driver, but we are at the end of engine life, gearbox life.

"He's probably going to be watching his mirrors harder than anyone else. He's got everything at stake. Lewis' job is easier than Nico's as he's the one who has the pressure to close up the championship.

He also said about the same scenario happened in the 2010 season, when Sebastian Vettel took the title from Alonso in the championship decider.

"We saw that with Fernando Alonso a few years ago. Sebastian had nothing to lose. He just went for it and won the race. Ferrari saw Mark Webber as a bigger threat in the championship than Vettel and they chose to cover the wrong driver," he added.

Horner also talked about his team's strategy for the final race of 2016, "To my drivers I'll just say 'go for it' because it's not our championship battle. We are out there to get the best result that we can.

"We could be Lewis Hamilton's best friend on Sunday afternoon if we manage to get both of our cars ahead of Nico. They are going to be focused on their own battle. There's no point Lewis winning the race by half a lap.

"If he's in the lead and he's smart, he's probably going to try to back the cars up so there is some racing behind him because that's the only way the result could fall his way. It's going to be fascinating."

However, Daniel Ricciardo have some other ideas for the race and he admitted that he will push harder to make life difficult for the Silver Arrow drivers.

"I think the first lap could be interesting. You think about Rosberg's position - all he has to do is finish third, if Hamilton wins. And even if he takes less risk at the start and, say, drops back to fifth, the car is still quick enough that he could still get third in the race.

"He doesn't need to be third on the first lap. For sure, if he's a bit cautious - or they're cautious - on the first lap, then I'll try to take some advantage. We'll see. I always try to take advantage, like everyone. If they're a bit more vulnerable this weekend, it's better for us because they're normally too fast."

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Story first published: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 16:13 [IST]
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