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Hungarian Grand Prix: Rosberg expects tough, physical race

"But we are under no illusions for the second half of the year and this weekend in Hungary we have a number of challenges to overcome," Wolff insisted. "First, we will need to do extra homework on Friday to understand how the new tyres work with our car."

Mercedes are on the back foot when it comes to tyres, having been excluded from last week's Young Drivers Test at Silverstone which allowed the other teams their first taste of the new 2013 compounds that Pirelli will be supplying to all teams at Budapest.

"We will have to get to grips with the high temperatures, a demanding circuit and the soft and medium compound Pirelli tyres," Wolff continued. "During the race at the Nürburgring, we were overheating the tyres and we want to minimise the chance of suffering a repeat problem in Hungary, where the track temperatures will also be high.

"The team has worked thoroughly since Germany to improve the situation and we will find out how the new tyres will affect that situation, too," he added. "Our motivation is high to score a good result that we can take into the summer break but we know there is plenty of good work needed to achieve that."



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