Nico Rosberg says he is hopeful that next weekend's Turkish Grand Prix will see a return to form after a tough start to the European leg of the F1 season in Spain and Monaco.

Rosberg suffered a race to forget in Spain as he finished outside the points in 13th place while a tough qualifying session in Monaco left the Mercedes man with nothing better than seventh place.

It means he has now dropped down to eight in the championship standings but with the team set to bring a fully updated car to Istanbul, Rosberg said he was hopeful of fighting towards the front.

"I've had some decent results at Istanbul Park and we will be working very hard to get back on form after two disappointing races in Spain and Monaco where we didn't make the full use of our potential," he said. "We'll be back to our fully upgraded car, plus some more new developments that the team have been working on, so there will be a lot to achieve in the practice sessions and I believe that we can have a good weekend."

Team-mate Michael Schumacher heads for Turkey on the back of his controversial finish in Monaco but the seven-time champion said he too was hopeful of a strong run in Istanbul.

"The Turkish fans have always been very kind to me therefore it will be a pleasure to be racing at Istanbul Park again in front of a crowd which will hopefully support us enthusiastically," he said. "From our side, we will obviously try to give them something to cheer about and we hope that we can make further progress in Turkey, after we have already seen some improvements in Barcelona and Monaco.

"I am definitely looking forward to the weekend, especially as our guys back at the factory have worked immensely hard recently to provide us again with an upgraded car. It is clear that we want their efforts to pay off."


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