Nico Rosberg says he will focus primarily on his single lap pace and his race starts at the Italian Grand Prix in his increasingly desperate bid to stop Lewis Hamilton from moving closer to a third Formula 1 world title.

After losing out to Hamilton in qualifying for the tenth time this season in Belgium, a poor start compounded that disadvantage as the defending champion's sixth win of the year saw him increase his margin over Rosberg to 28 points.

Having become a new father to a daughter in the break between races, Rosberg admits he will need to pay particular attention to his qualifying efforts and his starts if he is to still be considered a threat for the title.

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"The race in Spa was definitely disappointing," he said. "My start was not good so I need to work on that and also on finding those extra tenths in qualifying to get back on top there. I know I have the car underneath me to get pole and the win every time with this incredible machine the team have built, so nothing less will do.

"Monza is next and I can't wait to try out this season's Silver Arrow there. I'm sure it will suit our car and it's a circuit I really enjoy, so all the ingredients are there for a strong weekend. I'm sure the Tifosi will want a red car to be on the top step but, whatever the result, you know they will create an unbelievable atmosphere.

"Standing on the podium last year was a great experience and the target is to be one step higher this time around."