Rosberg: Nothing in this sport is easy

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Nico Rosberg insists there are no guarantees as he looks to wrap up a maiden Formula One drivers' title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

The German leads Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 12 points heading into the final race of the season and knows a podium finish would be enough to clinch top spot, regardless of where the Briton ends up.

However, Hamilton has won the last three races - in the United States, Mexico and Brazil - and Rosberg, who triumphed at Yas Marina Circuit last season, is taking nothing for granted.

"In Brazil, after the race, I was joking that I would still be taking things one race at a time," he said.

"But the more I think about it, the more that's actually not as crazy as it sounds.

"I have to treat this like any other race. Doing a good job on a grand prix weekend is always a challenge.

"Nothing in this sport is easy, so this won't be any different and I still have to go all out for a good result.

"I have great memories from winning at this track last year and it's somewhere I've usually been strong in the past, so I have every reason to feel confident.

"The closer it gets, the more I'm feeling excited. It will be a big battle and hopefully the fans will get a great show to end the year."

Team boss Toto Wolff is happy to let his drivers battle it out for the title, adding: "As a group, we now have one very important final duty this season - to give Nico and Lewis the platform they need to battle it out to the flag.

"Both of them have been exceptional and either one would make a worthy champion.

"May the best man win."