Nico Rosberg is hoping a return to a happy hunting ground in Shanghai will help kick start his 2015 F1 title campaign following an indifferent start to the season.

Closely matched with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2014, Rosberg has struggled to match his counterpart during the opening two races, finishing second and third in Australia and Malaysia respectively.

Having now only finished ahead of Hamilton in one of the last nine races, Rosberg is hoping a return to the Chinese Grand Prix - scene of his first F1 win in 2012 - will mark the start of a more convincing challenge.

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"The last race weekend was not great for me," he said. "I didn't get my lap together in qualifying, then losing time in the pits made it a tough race to fight back and try to catch Lewis. We've definitely learned some lessons and it's time to take that to the track in China.

"It's not been a perfect start to my sixth year with the team and I'm determined to turn that around this weekend. Shanghai is a great circuit for me. It's where I got my first pole and my first win back in 2012 - my third season with the Silver Arrows.

"Of course, my team-mate will have other ideas - and so will my compatriot in the red car, I'm sure. But this is a track that has always suited me well, so I'm aiming to put in a strong weekend.