Nico Rosberg may have ended day one of the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix with three tyres on his Mercedes, but he insisted that he had the upper hand in the early stages of round eleven of his championship battle with team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Despite the blow-out that send him spinning into an early exit from FP2, and the technical gremlin that delayed his entrance to FP1, Rosberg ended both sessions with the fastest time, as championship leader Hamilton trailed by a matter of tenths, and the German is keen to continue that trend through the rest of the weekend as he looks to close a 21-point deficit.

"I don't worry [about the tyre failure], but of course it is a bit of a dent in the confidence to have such an incident," he acknowledged, "It's going well for now and it's been a good start to the weekend. I'm feeling comfortable and, at the moment, I'm one step ahead of Lewis and that means it is more likely he will take my set-up rather than vice-versa, and it's always better to start a weekend like that."

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