Date: 3rd May 2016 at 8:02am
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Nico Rosberg has taken his form from the end of 2015 into 2016.

Following Lewis Hamilton clinching the 2015 Formula One World Championship, Nico Rosberg is unbeaten.

He won the final three races of the season in 2015 and has begun 2016 with four consecutive wins.

But fate has played it’s part for Rosberg, as with the exception of beating Hamilton off the line in Bahrain, the German is yet to complete one single overtaking manoeuvre in any of the opening four rounds of the season.

Meanwhile Hamilton has been dogged with issues, varying from mechanical issues to on track incidents which have not been of his own doing.

‘I can’t say l miss it [fighting with Hamilton] because it is awesome to win races and in the end it doesn’t matter how, Winning is great and what I’m here for. But the ecstatic feeling isn’t there, it’s there when l win a battle with Lewis, that’s what gives the ultimate thrill.’ Rosberg told Sky Sports.

Rosberg has now opened up a 43-point lead at the top of the 2016 Formula One World Championship, a lead which means a form swing that would see six one-two finishes in favour of Hamilton would still be enough to see Rosberg still lead the standings.

With that in mind, Rosberg has to now be the odds on favourite to clinch the title this year, but without the battle with Hamilton, will it be a hallow victory?

‘A straight fight with Lewis is what l am here for because he’s the benchmark and I look forward to it when it comes, It’s always going to be a tough battle against him because he’s as motivated and as quick as ever.’