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Rosberg relaxed about Hamilton’s winning roll

15 Jul 2016

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg insists he is not feeling any pressure from team mate Lewis Hamilton's recent momentum, despite his once-43 point championship lead being reduced to just a single-point advantage heading into Hungary next weekend.

Rosberg won the first four Grands Prix of the year, but in the following six he has triumphed just once, compared to four victories for Hamilton. His rival has also secured pole position at three of the last four races, with Rosberg taking the other on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan.

"The glass-half-full version is that over 10 races I have scored [1] more point," Rosberg said. "I can live with that.

"But I don't want to speak about points; I don't focus or think on that. I've put [Silverstone] behind me - Lewis did a better job all weekend, and I'm already over it."

Rosberg also cautioned that Mercedes weren't overlooking the form of rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. From the two teams, Kimi Raikkonen is the highest-placed driver in the standings in third, 62 points behind Rosberg.

"We need to keep an eye on our opposition," Rosberg added. "We have some exciting races coming up. It's been going well for us though, and I'm sure it will continue to go well for us in future races."

Statistically, the Hungaroring - host venue of the next weekend's Grand Prix - is one of Hamilton's happiest hunting grounds: he has won their four times in total, and has taken pole in three of the last four seasons.

The venue has an odd historical quirk, however: not since 2004 has the winner in Hungary gone on to clinch the championship.