New Delhi: A trophy is still a trophy. But for a certain Nico Rosberg, winning the award for most pole positions in a season will not satisfy his cravings. Having started ten races from the pole, the German should be leading the the Drivers' Championship race.
However, Nico will start the penultimate race in Brazil with 24 points behind his bete noire Lewis Hamilton. A win at the historic Interlagos circuit will give him a one point lead going into the season finale at Abhu Dhabi.
Here the worrying point for him is, from a front-row Mercedes lock-down this season with Hamilton on P2, the Briton has won in Bahrain, Japan and United States. On contrary, Nico has failed to overtake his team-mate from P2. Besides, Nico could only convert the pole to win only twice in Monaco and Germany.
On the other hand, Hamilton has started seven races so far this season from the pole and managed to win all, except the season opener in Australia where he was forced to retire. Given their open rivalry, the stakes are incredibly high in this contest.
But, as with the newly introduced award for the most pole positions, this season will also witnessed double points at Abu Dhabi. So the fight is still wide open.
If Nico fails to win the season finale and the title, then the award for most pole positions will be a subject of ridicule. It will allow rivals to question his calibre as a winning driver, thus removing his bit from those quick qualifiers.
This certainly paint a picture of Hamilton's superiority within the dominant team. But, everything can be changed in these last two rounds.