Nico Rosberg has refused to blame misfortune for his up-and-down first half of 2007, suggesting that the highly-competitive Formula One midfield and a degree of unreliability in the Williams camp has masked improvements in the FW29.

The German, racing on home soil at the Nurburgring this weekend, has scored points on just two occasions this year - both in the opening four rounds - but has missed out on other opportunities when the car or strategy let him down.

"Sometimes it just didn't go the right way," he admitted at the Thursday press conference, "In races and at other times, it was just not good enough on the reliability front and that's it. I don't think bad luck, as such, really counts. The results this year, points-wise, could have gone a lot better, but that's just the way it is. I just hope that, in the coming races, I can break loose and score some points. That would be great.

"The factory is working very hard, and we've had a whole new [range of] aero parts and everything coming through lately. We're definitely making progress - but so is everybody else and I think we've kind of stayed where we were, more or less. It's really important to try and get a few bits and pieces coming again in the near future to try and break into the top eight again."

Rosberg revealed that he was more optimistic heading into his home round than he had been at recent races such as Magny-Cours or Silverstone.

"I think this track is good for our car, similar to Monaco or places like that," he said of the Nurburgring, "It's going to suit our car a little bit better, I think, so there's a better chance here for us to get some points than compared to Silverstone, for instance."



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