Rosberg targets repeat of 2014 home success

Nico Rosberg says he looks to return to winning ways at the German Grand Prix, with the Mercedes driver hoping to make it back-to-back victories at Hockenheim.

For the first time this year, Rosberg will not be leading the championship at the start of a race weekend, having relinquished the top spot to team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Budapest last Sunday.

“It was disappointing to lose the race at the first corner in Hungary,” Rosberg 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 – and especially happy that it’s at my second home race [the 31-year-old lives in Monaco].”

Formula One’s last visit to Germany stretched back to 2014, as contractual and legal issues led to the demise of the event 12 months ago.

Rosberg, who has only won once in the last seven races after claiming the opening four, hopes he can recapture his earlier form at a venue he is familiar with and where he is the most recent winner.

“I had a fantastic day at Hockenheim a few weeks ago driving Mika Häkkinen’s championship-winning car. That really gave me a massive buzz to be back racing in Germany.

“Driving in through the circuit gates brought back so many great memories – from my childhood days at the DTM with my Dad [1982 F1 world champion Keke Rosberg] right through to winning the Grand Prix for myself in 2014. Hopefully I can repeat that this year for the fans and for everybody at Mercedes.

“I’ll be pushing flat out to give them the result they deserve before they get some time to recharge their batteries.”

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