Abu Dhabi GP: Nico Rosberg cannot afford tangle with Red Bull drivers, says Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has warned championship leader Nico Rosberg his drivers will "simply be going for it" at the final race of the season.

Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 12 points and needs to finish third or higher in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to secure his first world title.

"Nico can't afford to get tangled up with another battle," said Horner.

"It is Nico's to lose and we could be Lewis' best friend if we get both of our cars between him and Nico."

Rosberg's win at the Japanese Grand Prix on 9 October left him in a position where he could finish second to Hamilton at each of the remaining four grands prix and still win the title.

He has since done exactly that in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, and will no doubt settle for more of the same this weekend.

"Nico is driving with the championship in mind. He is a bright guy. He is playing the percentages and banking the points," added Horner, who believes his drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo can pile pressure on the German this weekend.

"He is going to be watching his mirrors more than most going into Turn One, and we have seen with our guys, they're not in that position so they will simply be going for it.

"You can imagine him being a bit more tentative than he has been at other races."

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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