Rosberg plotting Austria treble


Nico Rosberg is optimistic he can seal a hat-trick of victories in the Austrian Grand Prix provided qualifying goes to plan this weekend.

Formula One championship leader Rosberg has won in each of the last two years in Spielberg and heads into the 2016 race on the back of victory in the European Grand Prix in Baku.

The German holds a 24-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and is hoping to make further gains on Sunday.

He said: "Baku was a good weekend for me. I really felt at one with the car, so that's a big positive looking ahead to the next races. Now we go to Austria, which has been a real strength for us as a team in the past two years.

"It'll be tough against the Williams cars in particular, as they've pushed us hard there before. But I think our Silver Arrow is still definitely the best package on the grid and I can't wait to see what it can do in Spielberg.

"To have two wins from two races at any track is pretty special, so if I could make it three in three that would be awesome.

"It's a short run to the first corner there and generally my starts and first corners have been strong this season, so if I can qualify well there's a good chance of a top result. I'm looking forward to the weekend."