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F1 Belgian GP: Recharged Rosberg using Spa ‘like a clean slate’

Nico Rosberg says he's keen to put the opening half of the 2016 F1 championship behind him and wants to use the Belgian Grand Prix as a fresh start
Nico Rosberg says he's keen to put the opening half of the 2016 F1 championship behind him and wants to use the Belgian Grand Prix as a fresh start in his bid to slash Lewis Hamilton's points lead.

After a flying start to 2016 with four consecutive wins Rosberg's clash with Hamilton in Spain halted his momentum which saw him claim just one win (Baku) in the next eight races.

Conversely, Hamilton has grabbed six wins in those eight races to reel in his German team-mate and take a 19-point championship advantage into the summer break.

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With F1 returning to action at Spa, Rosberg is aiming to leave the first half of the season in the history books and after enjoying time away from the sport the German is feeling refreshed and motivated for the final nine races.

“It's been great to have a couple of weeks with the family to relax and recharge the batteries,” Rosberg said. “I've loved every minute - but now it's time to get back to work. For me, it's like a clean slate at this stage. What's happened so far this season is in the past.

“I can't wait to get in that car, put my foot down and get everything I can from these next races. Belgium is a great place to kick start the year after the break. It's such an awesome track, with so many challenges and usually some crazy weather just to mix things up even more. If you ask any driver they will tell you how much they love racing here.”

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Despite Rosberg's fondness of Spa he has never tasted victory at the historic Belgian circuit having finished runner-up in the past two years – including his infamous clash with Hamilton in 2014 – and is looking to add his name to the 'special wins' achieved by other drivers at the 4.352-mile track.

“If you look back through the years, there have been some great moments too - that mega move from Mika Häkkinen on Michael Schumacher down the Kemmel straight, for example,” he said. “All of that history just makes it even more special, so I'd love to add my name to the winner's list.

“I'm feeling strong in myself, I know I'll have the best car out there and I'm massively pumped to be back on track, so let's see how it goes.”

by Haydn Cobb



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