Nico Rosberg has said that he is confident of a return to form in the coming races and that he can get back on par with team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The German currently sits sixth in the drivers’ standings, 43 points behind Hamilton.
Since the Monaco Grand Prix, where he out-qualified Hamilton for the third consecutive race, the 28-year-old has suffered five qualifying defeats and since then, has only managed to finish ahead of him at one race – the Brits home round at Silverstone.
This continued in Belgium with Hamilton lining up on pole position for the fourth consecutive race. He went on to finish third with Rosberg finishing where he started in fourth place.
Whilst he acknowledges the tough opponent he is up against, Rosberg feels that the “phase” of everything goes right will return. When asked if he could turn the tables, he replied: “For one, Lewis has been doing a really, really good job and he’s on it. But that was clear from the beginning he was going to be a tough competitor, so he’s just done really, really well.”
He added: “From my side, [it's] just a bit of a phase where not everything is going 100% right. I go through these phases as a driver and come on out the other side then there’ll be a phase where everything does go right like at the beginning of the year in qualifying. Even though the racing didn’t go well back then for our struggles that we used to have in the races, qualifying was going right.”
However he is confident of a return to form and he can close the gap on Hamilton: “I’m very confident that the phase will come again.”
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