Nico Rosberg certain he can get back on par with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
German in a "phase where not everything is going 100% right"
By James Galloway. Last Updated: August 30, 2013 11:07am
Lewis Hamilton is the form man at Mercedes at the moment
Nico Rosberg is "confident" the intra-team pendulum at Mercedes will swing back in his favour soon and he can recapture the form which saw him outperform team-mate Lewis Hamilton earlier in the season.
Since outqualifying his new team-mate for the third time on the spin at the Monaco GP in May, a race which also marked his third successive pole, Rosberg has suffered five straight qualifying defeats to Hamilton.
Furthermore, the 28-year-old has only achieved a better race finish than the Briton at Silverstone in that time, when the sister car's tyre blew while in the lead of the race.
The trend continued at last weekend's Belgian GP as Hamilton claimed his fourth straight pole and finished one place ahead in Sunday's race, leaving Rosberg 44 points adrift of his stable-mate in the Drivers' Championship.
While acknowledging the strength of the challenge currently being put up by Hamilton, Rosberg said he hadn't recently been having completely smooth race weekends.
Rosberg on imperfect weekend
"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," Rosberg said when asked if he felt he could turn the tables again.
"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, despite Hamilton's current strong form, the German doesn't subscribe to theories that his long-time friend has now established supremacy at the Brackley team.
"I'm very confident that the phase will come again," Rosberg added.