Nico Rosberg: “The battle is on with Lewis”

Großer Preis von Großbritannien 2016, Freitag. Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

Following his demotion down the order to third place at the recent British Grand Prix, after stewards deemed he had breached 2016 radio ban rules, Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg, is hoping to put all that behind him and have a much stronger weekend in Hungary.

“Silverstone was a good weekend except for the loss of position following the Stewards’ decision after the race. It was disappointing to lose a hard-fought and deserved second position in such a way – but we have accepted the decision and now I have to look forward with positivity.”

One positive for the German is that he does still lead the driver’s world championship, albeit now by just one point over team-mate Lewis Hamilton, and Rosberg is determined to make the most of that advantage in Budapest, where he hopes to regain some of that early season form.

“I am leading the World Championship coming up to the halfway point of the season and there’s still a long way to go. The battle is on with Lewis and I’m feeling great in myself and great in the car, so bring it on! I can’t wait for the next battle between us in Budapest.”

Rosberg has never won a race or even made it onto the podium in Hungary, so the German will be hoping to break that duck on Sunday, as he bids to keep hold of first place in the title race.

“It’s a tough circuit that really tests you as a driver and a challenge I really enjoy, so I’m looking forward to an exciting and hopefully successful weekend!”