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Rosberg expects difficult weekend

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Nico Rosberg: "It's looking a bit more difficult here" © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg is bracing himself for a difficult weekend at Spa-Francorchamps after struggling to ninth fastest in the second practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg was 1.3s off the pace of the Red Bulls on Friday afternoon as Mercedes struggled to regain the form it showed at the end of the first half of the season in Hungary. Asked if he thought Mercedes could turn its form around and qualify near the front of the grid, Rosberg was far from optimistic.

"Unfortunately I don't think this weekend is going that way," he said. "It's looking a bit more difficult here than expected and especially Red Bull is looking very strong so it's going to be difficult to beat them at the moment. It's a completely different track and car configuration here so it can always mix things up."

Rosberg added: "It should be possible to beat sixth place but at the moment I can't be as optimistic as I thought.

"It should be raining on Sunday, that's the expectation. So at the moment today is only really representative for Saturday."