Nico Rosberg says he has "faith" in Mercedes that it will deliver a reliable car for the final five races of the season.

Lewis Hamilton took the championship lead in Singapore, overturning a 22-point gap by winning while Rosberg retired early on following a steering column wiring loom failure. Rosberg says it is still a big blow for him to take but is convinced Mercedes is trying to make sure the two drivers can have a fair fight until the end of the season.

"I said at the time that Sunday in Singapore was probably the toughest moment of my year so far and, looking back on it, I still think that is true," Rosberg said. "To have the chance for a top result basically taken away before you even reach the grid is hard to swallow and, of course, it was a lot of points lost in the Championship battle.

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"I can't fault the effort of the team, though. I go to the factory and I see how hard everyone is working, so it's clear that they want the results just as much as us drivers do. I have faith in my colleagues to improve our reliability and I know they will get it right."

And Rosberg is hopeful of being able to bounce back at "one of the special races in motorsport" with this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

"Next up we have the Japanese Grand Prix - which really is one of the special races in motorsport. There's so much history at this race - especially at Suzuka. It's definitely one of the best tracks in the world. The fans, too, are just unbelievable. They go absolutely crazy for Formula One and it's so nice to see their enthusiasm for the sport. They show us so much support - the teams and all of us drivers individually - so we all really enjoy going there and seeing them all.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend - particularly with the car we have at the moment which should give us a good chance to get a great result."