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Rosberg: ‘It’s just a matter of maximizing the weekends’

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Nico Rosberg has laughed off speculation that he has become slower since losing last season’s world championship to Mercedes team-mate and rival Lewis Hamilton, in today’s FIA Press Conference.

The German, who was speaking ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix alongside five of his fellow drivers, appeared amused by one brave journalist’s suggestion that he has become a bit slower compared to himself: having yet to win pole or taste victory in 2015.

“Thank you very much for your kind question!” Rosberg, 29, joked. “I don’t think it’s something to generalize [about] or anything as such.

Of course the results speak for themselves.

It’s pretty clear. That’s it.

For me it’s Barcelona. It’s a race on its own and I come here after a personal feeling boost from [a podium in] Bahrain. I just want to optimise this weekend,” he added.

“Not thinking much more than that.”

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso of McLaren-Honda revealed his reason for wearing dark sunglasses for the duration of the in-door press session; filling reporters in sheepishly: “I have a stye – a little inflammation of my eye.”

The 33-year-old is yet to score a point this year and currently lies 16th in the drivers’ standings; McLaren having endured the worst-ever start to a Formula-One campaign in their history.

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