Nico Rosberg admits that he will have to overcome Lady Luck if he is to maintain his pace-setting season at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, but knows that he has done it at other venues.

The German's fortune was clearly on show at the Belgian Grand Prix ten days ago as he survived a lap two clash with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to go on and take second place, opening a 29-point championship gap over the Briton, who retired late in the race. Prior to that result, Rosberg had never finished on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, and he heads to Monza this weekend hoping for a similar turnaround.

In eight previous appearances at the legendary Italian venue with Williams and Mercedes, Rosberg has yet to better fifth place - which he achieved in his first season with the Brackley-based outfit - but he knows that he needs to keep adding big points if he is to prevent Hamilton from clawing back the deficit.

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"Monza is a circuit I really enjoy going to, [but] I've not had much luck at this race in the past," Rosberg confirmed, "2011, in particular, I didn't even make it past the first corner!

"But, this year, things are different. We have a great car and, with the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Power Unit behind us, I feel confident we can get a really great result. It's still all to play for in the championship and, with the double points race in Abu Dhabi, anything can still happen.

"I'm focused on taking the maximum points possible in the remaining seven races and I know the team is too - starting with a top result this weekend."