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Rosberg set for century

Nico Rosberg hopes for a strong 100th F1 in Hungary
Nico Rosberg will join the list of drivers to have taken part in a century of F1 races when he contests his 100th event this weekend in Hungary.

The Mercedes driver joined the F1 grid back in 2006 with Williams and has since scored five podium finishes – although a maiden victory remains elusive.

The German currently sits seventh in the championship standings with 46 points having taken a best finish of fifth this season and he will now hope to celebrate his century with a strong race at the Hungaroring.

"Hungary will be my 100th Grand Prix which seems crazy when my father completed 114 races over his whole career,” he said. “It's a nice number but statistics aren't that important to me.

“I'm looking forward to the weekend in Budapest as I like the Hungaroring very much, and I'm hoping for a better time than in 2010 when unfortunately I didn't finish the race. We need to work on our race set-up to see what improvements we can make as the car that I had in qualifying in Germany was better than the one that I had in the race.

“I'm sure we can do it and take another small step forward."

Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile has fond memories of the Hungaroring having clinched one of his seven world titles at the circuit near Budapest and he said he was hopeful of a strong race for the team.

"We have had two home races in a row now, and Hungary too feels like it is linked with me in a way,” he said. “I will obviously never forget that I won one of my world titles there, and I always enjoyed the support of a lot of fans travelling to Budapest. Ideally we can help them enjoy their weekend, and I am hopeful we can as we have seen some progress lately with our car.

“I am impressed with the effort the team and the guys back in England are constantly putting into it and it is good to see developments. I am looking forward to travelling there."

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July 26, 2011 12:03 PM
Last Edited 2036 days ago

Nice acheivement for a decent driver. Not the most talented or skilled driver on the grid (or in his team) but does the basics well and is consistent at times even though watching him is about exciting as watching grass grow. You've got to be pretty average to have not won a race in 99 attempts...

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