Nico Rosberg says it is up to him to 'find that little bit extra' if he is to get the better of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton after he was comfortably defeated in the Australian Grand Prix.

The German had no answer to the defending champion throughout the race in Melbourne, finishing two seconds adrift as Hamilton controlled the pace from start-to-finish.

Indeed, though Rosberg was delighted with Mercedes' dominant result, he says he will need to work harder personally in order to get on terms with Hamilton in Sepang.

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"Melbourne was a mega weekend for the team," he said. "To start off the year with such dominance was just amazing and the team really did an incredible job. Of course, I'm disappointed not to have repeated my win from 2014 - but Lewis was on top form and it's up to me to find that little bit extra. It's all set up to be another great battle between us this year and I'm ready for the fight.

"Hopefully we will also have some other competitors pushing us as hard as we push each other, as this would be great for the sport. But, either way, I really hope we can put on a great show for everyone watching at home and also for the Malaysian fans, who are always such great hosts. It would be perfect to get another strong result in front of our friends from PETRONAS and that's definitely the target - so long as the order of the top two is reversed, of course!

Rosberg also took the time to emphasise his invitation to Sebastian Vettel to visit the Mercedes' garages during the Malaysian GP weekend following their entertaining 'spat' in the Australian post-race press conference.

"I'm also particularly looking forward to welcoming our special guest Mr. Vettel to the Friday engineering meeting. I'm sure we will all learn a few interesting things for the weekend... "