Having been able to reclaim twelve points in his F1 championship battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg is hoping his fortune holds as the series heads to Suzuka.

Japan in general has been an unhappy hunting ground for the German, with last year's runners-up finish behind Hamilton his best in nine attempts split between this weekend's venue and the short-lived alternate at Fuji. The 2014 result also came in the middle of Hamilton's unbeaten end-of-season sprint to the title, which left Rosberg second-best on the year as well.

The Briton's first retirement of 2015 allowed Rosberg to repair some of the championship damage done by his own Monza misfortune but, with Sebastian Vettel winning for a Ferrari team that appeared to have closed the performance gap on Mercedes, it might again be too little too late for the driver of car #6.

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"Obviously, Singapore wasn't a good weekend for the team, but I know everybody has been working hard to understand what happened and it's good that we've got a chance to get straight back on it this weekend," Rosberg said of the back-to-back races, "I haven't had the best of luck at this circuit in the past and I'd love to change that."

Like Hamilton, Rosberg puts Suzuka high on his list of favourite venues and, despite acknowledging the sombre overtones that the first anniversary of Jules Bianchi's crash will bring to the event, is looking forward to returning.

"Suzuka is an awesome track - one of the best in motorsport and a real test of driver skill." the German noted, "There's so much going on around the lap, with high, medium and low speed corners all thrown in together. The first sector is great fun to drive; you have to really nail the line and a small mistake can cost you so much time. You have to find a good rhythm and that's a challenge I really enjoy."