Mercedes: Slow starts concern Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes to regain the championship lead

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Mercedes star Nico Rosberg believes he needs to make improvements on how he starts races if he is to regain the championship lead from team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The German won the season opener in Australia, where Hamilton was forced to retire, but has since finished as the runner-up behind his team-mate in four successive GPs.

Rosberg was just 0.6 of a second behind Hamilton in Spain last time out and may well have taken the chequered flag with one more lap, but the Mercedes star feels he needs to work on how he starts races rather than the finish.

“Now I’ve had a couple of bad starts in a row. Actually, three bad starts in three races. And that’s costly…need to work on that,” he said.

The next Grand Prix will take place in Monaco on May 25 and Rosberg hopes to take maximum points on the street circuit, which would see him reclaim top spot in the Drivers’ Championship.

Rosberg, who won in Monaco in 2013, added: “Lewis did a great job the whole weekend and was just that little bit ahead [in Spain]. But there’s a lot of positives for me to take out of it.

“I’m fully motivated to just try to get that little bit extra and to edge him out next time – and it’s do-able.”

Rosberg is 4.00 to win the World Drivers’ Championship, while 2008 champion Hamilton can be backed at 1.27.

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel is 21.00 and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is priced at 41.00.

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