Nico Rosberg believes the Hungarian Grand Prix will be "a free opportunity" for him to capitalise on more misfortune for team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Following a fuel leak which led to a fire, Hamilton will start the race from the pit lane as he requires a new chassis, engine and gearbox. With Rosberg starting from pole position and overtaking traditionally tough at the Hungaroring he acknowledged just how big an opportunity he has to extend his championship lead substantially going in to the mid-season break.

"Well, it makes [the race] easier of course, because he's my competitor number one," Rosberg said. "So I will play it even more safe and just really try and avoid any unnecessary things happening and make sure to get as many points as possible because it's really a free opportunity."

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And Rosberg was also keen to point out that it is not only Hamilton that has been suffering from reliability issues, despite the last two races seeing his team-mate starting well out of position as the result of failures.

"It's massively disappointing when the car breaks down. I had it two races ago at Silverstone in the lead that the car broke down. It's tough, it definitely is tough because it's not something that you can control, you know, so that makes it really difficult."