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Formula One: Rosberg seeking to put Hungary disappointment behind him

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 congratulates pole sitter Lewis Hamilton (GBR)

Nico Rosberg saw his Formula One championship lead disappear in Hungary last weekend when Lewis Hamilton overtook him at the first corner, but the German is determined to get back on top.

Rosberg started the season superbly with four successive wins and was 24 points clear of his Mercedes team-mate after winning the European Grand Prix in Baku in June.

However, Hamilton has won all three subsequent races to move above his rival and open up a six-point advantage.

This weekend sees the return of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim – a track Rosberg won at in 2014 – and the 31-year-old is eager to get back to winning ways.

“It was disappointing to lose the race at the first corner in Hungary,” he said.

“But I was really happy with my pace all weekend, so that gives me good confidence moving forwards.

“I’m happy to have the chance to get back in the car again so soon. I’ll be pushing flat out to give them the result they [the team] deserve before they get some time to recharge their batteries.”

Toppling a confident Hamilton will not be easy, though, the Briton having won the German GP twice in his career – including a 2008 success at Hockenheim.

“Getting that win in Hungary after a less than straightforward weekend was a great feeling,” said the championship leader.

“If I can come out on top when things aren’t quite perfect, that can only be a good thing.

“It’s great to be going back there [to Germany]. My last win in Hockenheim came way back in 2008, which seems like a lifetime ago, but I’ve got some great memories from the circuit.

“It would be great to get another win there before the summer break. The last few races have been good for me, so if I can continue that form into this weekend I’ll be in good shape.”


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