Nico Rosberg has predicted that the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend could be a good one for himself and Williams F1.

Rosberg finished in the points again last time out, the fifth time in succession he has put his car in the top-eight.

Furthermore his fourth place finish at the Nurburgring was his best result of the season and he remains hopeful that he will soon be able to go one better and get a podium.

Speaking prior to the trip to Budapest and the tenth round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship, the German added the 4.381 kilometre track should definitely suit the Williams-Toyota FW31.

"We came home from Germany with another strong result with the fourth place," he noted. "It was a bit of a difficult weekend before that as we struggled with tyre temperatures as it was really quite cold at the Nurburgring. Still, it all came together for us in the end and I'm really happy as I made up a lot of places from my 15th grid position.

"It's good to see the team making steady progress with the car and I hope it continues, as it would be great to get on that podium soon.

"The Hungaroring is of course a completely different type of track to the Nurburgring. It's quite slow and twisty, and is a maximum downforce circuit. But it should suit our car. It will definitely be hotter over there than it was in Germany so we can look forward to a bit of an easier weekend when it comes to set-up as we'll be able to get the tyres up to temperature.

"Traditionally, Williams has always gone well round Budapest and I hope that will be the case this year and we continue our strong form."

Meanwhile team-mate Kazuki Nakajima is still searching for his first points' finish of the season and he had to settle for 12th place in Germany. However like Rosberg he reckons the 'Ring should play to their strengths.

"It was a little bit disappointing and an unlucky weekend for me in Germany," Nakajima continued. "The weather in qualifying was especially tricky. We showed though that the car is quite competitive and we have enough speed to score points, so hopefully it will happen for us in Hungary this weekend."

So what does he think of the Hungaroring?

"It is probably one of my favourites tracks on the calendar," Nakajima added. "It's going to be a tough race though because of the temperatures at this time of year there, and just because of the nature of the circuit.

"It's a very slow track, a little bit like Monaco in that the corners are all slow and medium speed. Overtaking will therefore be difficult because there aren't many long straights, so qualifying will be really important. I think we will be competitive there though," he reiterated.


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