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Rosberg eager for Monaco F1 repeat

Nico Rosberg will be looking to another F1 victory on the streets of Monaco as he attempts to regain the championship lead from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg admits that he cannot wait to get started on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, hoping that a repeat of his emotional 2013 victory will propel him back to the top of the F1 championship standings.

The German held sway in the drivers' table through the opening four rounds of 2014, as his victory and team-mate Lewis Hamilton's DNF in Melbourne gave him a 25-point cushion. Since then, however, Hamilton has eroded the gap with four successive wins – despite Rosberg finishing second each time – to eventually take over at the top in Spain last weekend.

Now, however, the season heads to Monaco. Both drivers can count a victory in the Principality amongst the successes, but Rosberg appeared in a different league to his team-mate last season, and hopes that the tables will turn in a similar fashion this time around.

“Obviously, I associate many wonderful memories with this place - it's where I grew up and where I now live, but in sporting terms too, I have had some great moments there,” he noted, “In particular, last year, when I won there for the first time in my F1 career. That was an absolutely incredible feeling.”

Both drivers returned to the Circuit de Catalunya after the Spanish Grand prix to conduct a day of testing with the W05 Hybrid, and Rosberg is keen to put what he learned into practice.

“Overall, I was quite pleased with the last race weekend in Barcelona,” he insisted, “Disappointed, of course, not to have taken the win, but happy that the team achieved another one-two finish. The championship battle is very close and to regain the advantage at my home race would be fantastic, so I'll be pushing harder than ever to make that happen.

“I had a productive day of testing in Barcelona where we made some good progress with braking and starts: two areas that I feel are costing me time at the moment, and hopefully that will give me the extra edge. It should be an exciting weekend and I can't wait to get started!”

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May 19, 2014 4:34 PM

@ Taipan Lewis would have beaten Nico quite easily in Bahrain if not for the the safety car. Lewis had pulled out a 10 second gap on Nico when on the softer compound tire which would have been enough to seem him home when he went on the harder compound, but when the Venezuelan car seeking missile struck bringing out the safty car and undoing the all the good work Lewis had done in gradually eking out a big enough gap so to give him a big enough cushion for the final stint. All his good work went out the window leaving him on slower tyres and at the mercy of his teammate who would be now on quicker tyres. All I wilI say is that is in Bahrain we witnessed defensive driving of the standard which made Senna V Mansell in Monaco seem tame. That day Senna knew due to the Monaco circuit Mansell would never pass but in Bahrain Lewis was passed multiple times only to regain the lead with a car which was on tyres that were 5tenths slower than his teammate.

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