Defending world champions Mercedes was surprised by Sebastian Vettel’s debut victory for Ferrari in last race weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The win shook up a season which Mercedes had threatened to dominate after Hamilton’s commanding victory in the season’s opener in Australia, with Rosberg second.
Last year’s runner-up Rosberg now sits third in the standings, seven points adrift of Vettel, and a further three behind Hamilton.
“It’s not been a perfect start to my sixth year with the team and I’m determined to turn that around this weekend. Of course, my team-mate will have other ideas – and so will my compatriot in the red car, I’m sure. But this is a track that has always suited me well, so I’m aiming to put in a strong weekend.” Rosberg said
“The last race weekend was not great for me. I didn’t get my lap together in qualifying, then losing time in the pits made it a tough race to fight back and try to catch Lewis.”
“We’ve definitely learned some lessons and it’s time to take that to the track in China. Shanghai is a great circuit for me. It’s where I got my first pole and my first win back in 2012 – my third season with the Silver Arrows. “ the German added