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Nico Rosberg aware he needs to start taking his chances

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Nico Rosberg says he needs to start making and taking opportunities to close the gap in the championship to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

At the last race in Hungary, Rosberg was running second at one point with a good opportunity to slash the gap to Hamilton, who was out of position after two mistakes earlier in the race. However, a puncture on lap 64 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo dropped Rosberg behind Hamilton and he ended up losing out on another four points in the title battle.

"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."

Hamilton is also looking forward to getting back on track after his scrappy race in Hungary.

"It's been good to take a break from racing and spend some time relaxing, training and recharging the batteries. But, of course, there's always that flame in the back of your mind that just wants to get back out there and get on it - especially after a race like Hungary."