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F1: Rosberg knows he can’t afford to give away any advantage

Nico Rosberg may hold the top spot in this year's F1 world championship, but knows he will have to be on his mettle in Belgium and for the remainder of the season.

It may have been four weeks since his last outing at the wheel of Mercedes' W05 Hybrid, but Nico Rosberg is still smarting at having his F1 world championship lead trimmed by team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

A remarkable Hungarian Grand Prix not only saw Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo interrupt Mercedes' domination for the second time in 2014, but also witnessed Hamilton survive a pit-lane start and first corner spin to complete to podium, edging Rosberg into fourth place in the process. The event was also marked by the Briton's refusal to yield to team orders requesting he move over for Rosberg, who was on a different strategy at that point in the race.

The Mercedes duo's respective results allowed Hamilton to take three points from Rosberg's championship lead, cutting the gap between them to eleven with eight races remaining, but Rosberg is determined to make amends as the battle resumes in Belgium this weekend.

“It's good to be back after the break and to see everyone looking really refreshed and up for the fight in the remaining months of the season,” he claimed, “The last race didn't turn out how I had hoped after taking pole in tricky conditions the day before, but I still managed to come away with my championship lead intact and that's a good place to be heading into the next part of the year.

“Although we have had a great start, with plenty of good results, that race showed that the other teams are never too far away. In F1, you just can't afford to give away any advantage. The battle with Lewis has been so close all season - and it could well stay that way right up to the final race - so every last point will be crucial in that contest.”

Spa-Francorchamps rates highly among the drivers' favourite circuits, and Rosberg is no different to his rivals in looking forward to the Belgian round each year.

“It is definitely one of the most spectacular races of the year,” he confirmed, “The circuit is just unreal and one I think every driver looks forward to. It's where the special features of an F1 car really shine through, with all the fast, flowing corners and right-left combinations that come together to make a fantastically varied lap.

“Eau Rouge is, of course, the signature corner - and one of the most spectacular features of any track we go to. Even though we have much less downforce on the cars this year with the new regulations, it will still be taken flat out.

“[Spa] really is a very enjoyable circuit to drive and a big challenge too - especially as the weather is always all over the place – but my record there hasn't been as good as at some other circuits in the past, so I'm determined to change that and get the season kicked off again in style!”


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27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
25.07.2014- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Johnny Herbert (GBR), Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03 and Demon Hill (GBR)
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Susie Wolff (GBR) Williams Development Driver  and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.09.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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dmelb

August 21, 2014 1:52 PM

I don't think he earned the current advantage. He was gifted the lead. I don't believe for one second he would be in the lead or be able to beat LH in a fair straight fight if both cars were reliable.



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