Nico Rosberg is confident that he can return to the front of the F1 field when the world championship returns to his homeland in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Since winning in round three in China, the Mercedes driver has reached the podium just one - with second place in Monaco - and four of his last five results have seen the 27-year old finish outside the top five, with Silverstone last time out only producing a disappointing 15th place. Although he remains sixth overall in the championship standings, Rosberg has slowly seen veteran team-mate Michael Schumacher get the upper hand in terms of results, building on his qualifying performance in Monaco - where he claimed the fastest time - to claim the first podium of his return in Valencia.

With the seven-time world champion only able to manage seventh place at Silverstone, however, it was clear that the British circuit did not suit the W03, but Rosberg remains confident that Hockenheim will be a different story.

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"Yes, for sure," he said when asked whether he expected to turn things around on his home circuit, "We haven't maximised what we had in the last few races and that eventually finished with the race at Silverstone where, yes, the track didn't really suit our car. Maybe [general perception] not quite the right picture: I still think we have a good car and I still think, if conditions suit us and we get a grip on the tyres here in Hockenheim - which should suit our car a lot better - I think we should be able to do a much better result."

The German venue holds good memories for Rosberg, who spent a lot of time there at the start of his career.

"Yeah, it's very special to come here," he admitted, "I've been here so many times, testing in the winter and in the summer, testing all the time, and driving in so many races. And now coming here as a Silver Arrows driver, which wasn't really the case two years ago, it's great. A lot of friends and family are coming and I really enjoy the track and have high hopes of doing a top result here."