Formula One: Nico Rosberg hoping to delay Hamilton's title party

German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (left) of Mercedes AMG GP walks down the paddock at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, USA, on Oct 22, 2015. The United States Formula One Grand Prix takes place on Oct 25, 2015.
German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (left) of Mercedes AMG GP walks down the paddock at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, USA, on Oct 22, 2015. The United States Formula One Grand Prix takes place on Oct 25, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

AUSTIN (AFP) - Nico Rosberg is aiming to take full advantage of Ferrari's grid penalties by winning this weekend's United States Grand Prix without giving any thought to his, or Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's, championship prospects.

He says his attitude is concentrated, but carefree and that he feels he has 'nothing to lose'.

The 30-year-old German can keep his own title challenge alive by winning Sunday's race or simply finishing ahead of defending two-time champion Briton Hamilton.

But he knows Hamilton will become a triple champion if he can outscore him by three points and four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who is currently second, by nine.

"My frame of mind is that I have nothing to lose," said Rosberg. "I want to win and I have the opportunity to win. It's a great target to have this weekend. I'm focused. That's it."

He added that the 10-place grid penalties that Ferrari will incur for their engine changes should make it much easier for him to achieve his objective.

He said: "It makes it more simple for us, over the weekend, but they're still a threat from where they are, because you never know with the weather or whatever. We'll see, but it could make it an easier weekend.

"As to the championship, you know I never thought about finishing third because, with my car, for sure I'm still on for first at the moment and then that's what I'm thinking about.

"Even if I know that it's tough, because I am realistic also, I need a lot of luck as well and all that, but I'm fixed on that until you tell me it's not possible any more."