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Rosberg: Hungary should be a better race for us.

Nico Rosberg believes that this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix could be a good one for the AT&T Williams F1 team, after less than brilliant results in the last few events.

Rosberg has had just three points finishes so far this season, but with the Hungaroring similar in respects to Monaco, the young German reckons that could bode well.

Indeed while the 22-year-old didn't score at the Principality back in May after making heavy contact with barriers near the end, his qualifying run, when he put the FW30 sixth on the grid, is a sign that the 'Ring could well suit his Toyota-powered machine.

He also went well in Hungary last year, qualifying fifth and then scoring two points on the Sunday, something else he points out is a positive omen.

"Hungary is a very different track to the ones we've been racing at over the past few grand's prix. It has a similar layout to Monaco, a circuit which suited our car, and is a track which really requires a different set-up direction to that which we've run at the past few races, so Hungary should be a better race for us," he reasoned.

"We did a good job in qualifying there last year and we then went well in the race, so I think we can look forward to a good weekend. It's always very hot at Budapest, which can make it really tough, but it's never a problem for me."

Rosberg's team-mate Kazuki Nakajima concurs that the high downforce track should play to the FW30's strengths and he is looking forward to driving an F1 car at the Budapest circuit for the very first time this Friday in practice.

"I've never driven a Formula One car at the Hungaroring, but I raced there in GP2 last year and had a pretty good result," added the Japanese rookie. "The circuit itself should suit our car, and we did a lot of work at the Jerez test last week on set-ups so we are well prepared.

"Budapest looks like a really cool place to visit. I obviously stayed in the city last year, but I didn't have much of an opportunity to look around, maybe this year I'll get out a bit more."

Williams technical director Sam Michael meanwhile added that the key to a successful weekend will be qualifying and the start, as the track is notoriously difficult to overtake on.

"The Hungaroring is a maximum downforce circuit that requires the driver to maintain a smooth driving style throughout the course of the lap because the car is almost always laterally loaded. Concentration is therefore crucial for developing a good rhythm around the lap. Strategy can be quite varied, with one, two and three stop strategies all used effectively in past races. Obviously such a tight and twisty circuit demands a good qualifying performance and a strong start as it's extremely difficult to overtake," he summed-up.

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