Rosberg: Defeat to Hamilton is my greatest motivation

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Following his ninth defeat to Lewis Hamilton in the last ten races, Nico Rosberg has explained to NBCSN how he hopes to turn his fortunes around and get back into the fight for the 2015 Formula 1 world championship.

Rosberg’s only victory over Hamilton since last August came at the Brazilian Grand Prix some six months ago. In the 2015 season, his record against his teammate currently reads 0-3.

This weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix is an important battleground for the two Mercedes drivers, given that it was the site of their titanic battle in 2014 that is regarded as one of the finest on-track battles in the last decade of the sport.

Hamilton won that day by just one second, and Rosberg explained that he has been studying the footage from last year’s race in a bid to give himself a better chance of winning this time around.

“That was very frustrating,” Rosberg told NBCSN. “I just looked at the pictures now, and I should have won it.

“Back here again now. I learned a lot definitely in the car to car battle, so I think I would do better if it happened again. Who knows, maybe again there will be such opportunities this weekend.”

Rosberg has traditionally run well in Bahrain, setting the fastest lap on his F1 debut back in 2006 when he was racing for Williams and starting on pole position for the past two years.

“Great memories here on this track, so many things,” Rosberg said. “Even going back ten years, I won the GP2 championship here which allowed me to get to F1, so a lot of things have happened on this track.”

Although he recognized that Hamilton’s recent form does give him the momentum, Rosberg believes that breaking this in Bahrain could spur him on to enjoy a similar run of success.

“Naturally that gives him a bit of riding the wave,” Rosberg said. “That’s the way it is, and I need to try and get out of that.

“Last year I managed that really well, because just after he won four times I had the best run of the season. That’s what I need to try and do again.

“It’s the biggest motivator, to want to beat Lewis.”

You can see more of the interview with Nico in the Bahrain GP edition of Paddock Pass.