Nico Rosberg holds a 19-point lead over Mercedes teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton heading into the penultimate race of the season at the Brazil Grand Prix.
Despite the British driver having clawed back from a 33-point deficit after the race in Mexico, the Championship leader remains confident of seeing out tomorrow's race as well as the remainder of the season in top spot.
Having lost out to Hamilton during qualifying in Sao Paolo, the German seems unfazed and is looking forward to the race.
Commenting on the qualifiers, Rosberg said: "It was an exciting qualifying out there for sure, very close. Lewis was just marginally quicker in the end. My lap was good as well, just not quick enough.
"But it's OK, and anyway as we've seen this year pole isn't always the guy who wins the race. I'm still optimistic for tomorrow, because of course I want to try and win the race tomorrow", reports Fox Sports.
Win and Rosberg's the champ
A win for Rosberg will guarantee the 31-year-old a first ever Formula One title, although second-placed finishes in the remaining two races would also be enough.
The path for the Driver's Championship leader seems straightforward unless something calamitous occurs, one of them being the possibility of rain this Sunday.
Rosberg struggled during the Monaco as well as the British GP, rain playing a big part in both races, Hamilton clinching first place on both occasions.
Rosberg: We have a great car in either condition
The Brit is known to excel under wet conditions but the German played down such concerns ahead of the race.
When asked about the possibility of rain in Brazil, Rosberg said: "I don't think of anything in terms of most to lose at the moment. I just look forward to tomorrow's race. Whatever comes, comes. We have a great car in either condition, in the dry or in the wet. It will be exciting."
The Mercedes man added: "I'm looking forward, and I'm going to try to get Lewis into Turn One. That's the plan. It's not going to be easy, and the run to Turn One is very short here, so that doesn't help here of course. But i'll try everything I can, definitely."
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