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Published: 11:58 | 9/10/16

Rosberg expecting Hamilton fightback

Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton will fight hard in the remaining four races of the F1 season to retain his drivers' title.

The German extended his lead at the top of the standings to 33 points after cruising to victory at the Japanese GP.

After a terrible start which saw him take the first corner in eighth position, Hamilton drove aggressively to grab third place, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen clinching second spot.

With the destiny of the world crown firmly in Roberg's hands, he is still expecting his Mercedes team-mate to fight to the end.

"I really try not to as it's working quite well as it is, so I'm going to keep on going like that," he told Sky F1.

"There's no point getting into any of that stuff. I just want to keep on trying to win the races, I don't want to start calculating or bringing home second places.

"I'm well aware of the points. 33 points - it's better that way than the other way round. It's been a great weekend for me from the word go. I got everything right. I felt comfortable from the first lap on Friday.

"I'm the guy who knows, as I see backstage, and Lewis was as focused as ever this weekend. He was putting in the long hours and getting the car perfect.

"You don't need to expect him to back off in any way. Lewis is always a fighter. It's always a good battle and it's going to continue to be. He's going to be going for it in the last four races. There's still a long way to go."

Hamilton skipped the post-race briefing, completing a tense week with the media with a no-show.

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