Nico Rosberg says Mercedes have a lot of work to do to get back to the front of the F1 field ahead of the resumption of the 2012 season in Belgium.
Rosberg gave the team its maiden victory earlier this year in China but the Brackley-based squad has since failed to build on that result and has dropped back in the title race.
Rosberg heads to Spa having scored just two points in the three races prior to the summer break and the German said that the team needed to work to rediscover its form when racing resumes.
“I always look forward to racing at Spa; it's one of the highlights of the season and definitely one of my favourite tracks,” he said. “The circuit itself is outstanding, with of course the most exciting corner of the calendar in Eau Rouge.
“It's been nice to have a break over the last month and for everyone at the team to have some time to relax with their families, but we're all looking forward to the action starting again in the second half of the season. There's a lot of hard work ahead to make sure we are competing where we want to be and challenging towards the front of the field.”
Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug added that the full focus of the team in the time available during the summer break had been on finding more performance to allow Rosberg and team-mate Michael Schumacher to challenge towards the front of the field.
Around the two-week summer shutdown that every team observed, our team has been hard at work since the last race in Hungary in order to prepare as well as possible for Spa,” he said. “Everybody in our team will be working in a focused way to help Nico and Michael score the best possible results next weekend.”