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No mentality change for Mercedes - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg says he and Mercedes will not adopt a more conservative approach to the race in Austria despite engine and brake problems costing the team victory in Canada.

Rosberg had been leading in Montreal before he and Lewis Hamilton suffered a problem with the MGU-K, which limited braking capacity, though he still managed to bring the car home in second after his team-mate was forced to retire. Austria promises to be a tough race on the power unit but he insists Mercedes will not change the approach to race weekends which has been so successful this season.

"I don't think we need to go extra conservative or anything," Rosberg said. "It is something we can sort out without going conservative. It's a work in progress. Yes, they understand it and yes they are working on resolving the problem, we are confident it won't happen again here. In terms of brakes that was a special case in Canada; it was on the limit and it was always going to be on the limit so that won't be an issue here.

Despite his confidence the issue has been fixed, Rosberg thinks the challenge he had in adapting to the car in Canada would set him in good stead if he suffered a repeat this weekend.

"When you lose the energy recovery system it makes it extremely difficult with rear brakes, and considering Canada is critical for rear brakes anyway, then to lose the recovery system on top meant it was on a knife's edge. It would still be difficult yes, not as difficult as Canada, but it will always be a challenge if it does happen again.

"Certainly after the race I was pleased with second, considering everything. But then in hindsight our ambition is to really have a perfect weekend and win the race, not winning the race is not ideal but taking everything into consideration I was very pleased. It was definitely damage limitation because at one stage the best the team expected to get was eighth."

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