OCTOBER 11, 2016
Rosberg can really win title now says Prost
F1 legend Alain Prost thinks Nico Rosberg is now in a prime position to charge for his first drivers' title.
"A 33 point lead starts to be important," the quadruple world champion told French broadcaster Canal Plus.
"It's much better to have that lead with four races to go than the four wins he had at the start of the season.
"He will have to manage this lead now, and get into a psychological state that is not always easy," Prost added.
Indeed, it is a fascinating situation for Rosberg, having been beaten by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in both 2014 and 2015.
But according to the British press, Hamilton is now in a state of 'meltdown' amid a set of bizarre behaviour at Suzuka, with six wins in 2016 compared to Rosberg's nine.
"How can you not be champion if you've won nine races? That is the question Nico Rosberg hopes he does not have to answer at the end of the season," said France's L'Equipe.
"But the German is doing everything he has to for his first world title."
And Rosberg denies the interpretation that he is only now in pole to win because Hamilton is cracking.
"It was a long time since I saw Lewis as focused and motivated actually," he insisted, according to Marca.
Prost agrees that Rosberg's battle isn't over yet.
"It's never easy to manage such a big lead, especially against Lewis Hamilton, who thinks the whole world is against him now," he said.
As for the charge that Rosberg would be a 'lucky' world champion, Prost doesn't agree but he says that every season winner needs at least some luck.
"But it could still turn," the great Frenchman warned. "One retirement and Lewis is right back in the race."