Nico Rosberg relishing chance to fight back


Nico Rosberg says he is relishing the opportunity to fight back at the Hungarian Grand Prix after his title lead was cut to just one point in Britain due to a radio rule violation.

Rosberg developed a gearbox issue in the closing stages of the Silverstone race and was told to change a setting on his steering wheel, while avoiding seventh gear.

Mercedes was ultimately deemed guilty of breaching the rules by the stewards, which handed Rosberg a 10-second time penalty, dropping him from second to third.

Hamilton has won four of the past five races to put pressure on Rosberg, but the German is looking forward to resuming the battle at this weekend’s event in Budapest.

“Silverstone was a good weekend except for the loss of position following the stewards’ decision after the race,” said Rosberg, as he discussed events at the previous round.

“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.

“I am leading the championship coming up to the halfway point 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.

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

Rosberg, although a fan of the Hungaroring, is yet to finish on the podium at the track, his best result of fourth coming in 2009 with Williams and in 2014 with Mercedes.


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