Rosberg: Still all to play for in F1 championship race

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Nico Rosberg remains confident that there is still everything to play for in the battle for the 2015 Formula 1 drivers’ championship as the second half of the season begins in Belgium this weekend.

Rosberg missed a golden opportunity to cut the gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings last month in Hungary, getting caught up in a collision towards the end of the race that meant he could not capitalize on the Briton’s struggles.

Heading into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton leads the championship by 21 points, but Rosberg is sure that he can still challenge the Briton for the title in the remaining nine rounds of the year.

“Hungary was a big disappointment and I’ve been itching to get back to racing ever since,” Rosberg said.

“When you’re in such a close battle for the championship, any opportunity to gain points is crucial and it’s up to me to take those chances – but also to make them for myself.

“That’s definitely the target for the second half of the year. We’re only halfway through the season, so it’s all still to play for.

“Spa is a fantastic circuit – a track that I think every driver enjoys and one that always produces spectacular racing. I’m looking forward to it.”

F1 returns to action this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix after a month-long summer break that Rosberg and the team has used to recharge and refocus after a tough start to the season.

“The summer break is a great chance for the team to recharge after a tough start to the year,” Rosberg said.

“They definitely deserve it for all the hard work in making the incredible car we’ve had so far this season. But for me, personally, it’s time I’d rather be spending in the car!”