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Rosberg: 2014 heartache didn't last long

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Nico Rosberg says it only took him a few days to get over the disappointment of missing out on the 2014 championship as he prepares to go one better this season.

Rosberg was beaten to the title by Mercedes team-mate and old friend Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi finale after a season-long battle. Many see Hamilton as favourite to win the championship again this year but Rosberg insists he is not dwelling on what might have been.

"Thankfully it goes pretty quickly, when there is success or not success, it takes a few days and I get over it," Rosberg told Sky Sports. "In this case that was great, when it is successful it is not so great as you want to enjoy the moment longer, but it is quite short lived always. I am ready to go again definitely, it's been a long break.

"For me it was a new experience and I didn't know how it would be, but it has been easy to switch off because it is not all about racing in the end. I noticed that again this winter when I spent time with my family and just enjoyed those moments. Success, and when it doesn't work out, were completely forgotten."

Mercedes dominated in 2014, winning all but three races, and finished the season with a significant advantage over nearest rivals Williams and Red Bull. Though the homologation deadline has been lifted Mercedes is still expected to be the team to beat in 2015, but Rosberg is not taking anything for granted.

"The biggest challenge first of all is to be my best - that is the first and most important challenge for me - and to be better than ever. Then the second challenge is going to be first of all trying to beat Lewis and then further more trying to beat all the other teams - we have no idea where we stand so we need to wait and see where we are. Of course we had very strong base last year so the chances are good, but we don't know."

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