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Daniel Ricciardo backing Nico Rosberg to win world title in Abu Dhabi

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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is tipping Nico Rosberg to win the drivers championship this weekend in Abu Dhabi, but said both Mercedes drivers would be deserving if they were to win. 

Teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head to head in the 'Duel in the Desert' this Sunday with Rosberg leading by 12 points and needing just a third place finish to secure his maiden world title. 

Hamilton likely needs to win under the lights in Abu Dhabi and hope his teammate falters to have any chance of claiming his third consecutive title. 

Talking about the battle, Ricciardo said, via Sky Sports: "For me, I don't favour anyone. I got asked earlier in the year who would win it and I said Nico I think because everyone else was saying Lewis...but if you ask me again now, I'd still say Rosberg because he is in the better seat to do it this weekend."

The Aussie went on to say that whoever wins would clearly be a deserving champion. 

"If you look at Lewis and Nico, whoever ends up champion this weekend, they will both have their merit for it," he added.

"Rosberg has had a lot of poles and wins, he's been on some good streaks and converted a lot of front rows to victories, whereas Lewis has made comebacks.

"So if Lewis wins it will be like 'amazing comeback' and if Nico wins it will be 'well he was there all year'."

Ricciardo and Verstappen have roles to play

Ricciardo and his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen could play a major role in deciding the title race as they are likely to be Mercedes' main competitors for podium positions and the Australian said he would do neither driver any favours on Sunday.

"I won't favour any driver, but if I can get myself up on the podium and get another bit of silverware I'll do that and if it changes the result in the championship so be it. We'll try and have some fun, hopefully it is not a stationary static race," said the 27-year-old. 

If he prevails, Rosberg will emulate his father Keke who won the world championship in 1982 and become just the second father-son duo to become world champions after Graham Hill (1962, 1968) and Damon Hill (1996).

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