The German driver was displaced at the top of the standings by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Spain, after finishing in second place for the fourth consecutive race.
Rosberg’s 2014 season started strongly with a win in Australia. However, he couldn’t match Hamilton in Malaysia, lost out in an intense battle for first in Bahrain, had a scruffy weekend in China and missed out on the victory by six tenths of a second at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The next round will take place around the iconic streets of Monte Carlo, a place that Rosberg knows very well. “Obviously, I associate many wonderful memories with this place,” he said. “It’s where I grew up and where I now live as an adult. But in sporting terms too, I have had some great moments there: in particular last year when I won there for the first time in my Formula 1 career.
“That was an absolutely incredible feeling. Driving a Formula 1 car there is simply fantastic and it’s an event every driver looks forward to each year. Overall I was quite pleased with the last race weekend in Barcelona. Disappointed, of course, not to have taken the win but happy that the team achieved another one-two finish.”
He added: “The championship battle is very close and to re-gain the advantage at my home race would be fantastic, so I’ll be pushing harder than ever to make that happen. I had a productive day of testing in Barcelona where we made some good progress with braking and starts: two areas that I feel are costing me time at the moment. Hopefully that will give me the extra edge next weekend. It should be an exciting weekend and I can’t wait to get started.”
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