I'm gunning for Lew! ROSBERG NICKS POLE AND BLASTS: I'M GOING TO HOUND HAMILTON; BUT BRIT STAR IS STILL FAVOURITE FOR THE TITLE.
Byline: BYRON YOUNG in Sao Paulo
NICO ROSBERG stole one trophy yesterday here in Brazil and vowed to hound Lewis Hamilton for the other one that matters the most.
Britain's ace racer remains clear favourite to win this t the e year's drivers' World Championship but the German across the garage still dogged his every move as he grabbed pole by just 0.033 seconds.
The German blitzed the Interlagos circuit to start from the very front for the third time in four races.
And with his 10th pole of the season, Rosberg took the new award for the driver who has qualified fastest most often this season.
Who would have thought anyone could have been faster than Hamilton in a single weekend let along over an entire year?
The margin here amounted to just four feet over 2.7 twisting and tortuous miles.
Thoughts that Rosberg could overturn a 24-point deficit in the last two races no longer seem so ridiculous with this metronomic consistency and speed.
Of course the reality is that he can finish second in both here and in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight's time and still become champion, double points or not.
So Rosberg needs the fates to intervene and with this snaking track, the emotional vibe and capricious clouds, it could easily happen.
"I need Lewis's help points-wise to win the title," said Rosberg.
"I have to chase him until he makes mistakes. Recently I've made mistakes, of course, and my teammate's driving has just been damn good.
"Again and again I have had to raise my game to push him to the maximum.
"This trophy is a nice thing but it doesn't have any weight for me at the moment. It's the other one I want."
Even the chaos that comes with the torrential rain that falls here would be welcome and he added: "This is good for me, because it increases the chances of something unusual happening."
Rosberg headed every practice and qualifying session for the first time in his career. But perfection on Saturday, he acknowledged, won't make him champion.
"It's the perfect job only if it works out in the race," he said. "I understood where I went wrong in Austin and I've got to make sure I don't repeat it."
Hamilton has won the last five races on the trot - the longest winning streak of his prolific career - and the 10th of the season.
He can win the title by finishing the last two races second but insisted that is not how he wants it done.
"The approach hasn't changed this weekend," he said.
"Going into the race I definitely want to finish and of course I want to win."