Mercedes Benz team chief Toto Wolff has predicted that their racer Nico Rosberg would bounce back stronger next year from his Abu Dhabi defeat by teammate Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Formula One title showdown.
Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but admitted it was only a "small step" in his desperate battle to stop his arch-rival teammate taking the Formula One drivers` title on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel has no expectations of interfering with Mercedes` intra-team title battle in Sunday`s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but hopes he can say farewell to Red Bull with a memorable showing in his 113th and final race for the team.
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton turned the screw to emphasise his superiority when he topped the times again ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Friday`s second practice for this weekend`s decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The bitter rivalry between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg enters its deciding moment at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend. As expected, both the drivers – well aware of the stakes – are not ready to give in, not even during the customary press conference.
Lewis Hamilton goes into Sunday's 'double jeopardy' season-ending showdown at Abu Dhabi knowing he is one race away from his dream of a second world title, or a nightmare end to Formula One's duel in the desert.