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Nico Rosberg’s Game Plan Fails as Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole for 2015 Austrian GP

Nico Rosberg's title chances in 2015 were always going to be built upon his ability to take chances. In a season when Lewis Hamilton, stimulated by his second world-championship triumph in 2014, was bound to be elevated to a new level of performance, engaging in head-to-head battle with his Mercedes team-mate was never a realistic option for Rosberg. Instead, the German needed to focus on his strengths, stacking up points on a fortnightly basis and remaining in striking distance of Hamilton, waiting to pounce. And while Rosberg cut a downbeat figure across the opening four races of the season as he proved incapable of matching his own performances of 2014, never mind those of Hamilton, the game plan was working. Second in Australia. ...

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