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'No one could win with my car' - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg: "Later this year or early next year I will start to think about winning" © Getty Images
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Nico Rosberg has admitted he is not thinking about winning races at the moment and will wait until "later this year or early next year" before he starts entertaining thoughts of taking to the top step of the podium.

Rosberg is currently seventh in the drivers' standings, behind the six drivers at the top three teams, but has failed to finish on the podium this year. His Mercedes team has struggled to get close to the Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris at recent races and has undertaken major upgrades to try to close the gap.

"No one could win with my car," Rosberg told El Pais. "There are three teams - Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren - who are ahead of the others. I need to wait to get a better car. Later this year or early next year I will start to think about winning."

He added: "With this car, to me seventh place is like winning,"

The team is currently focusing on improving the car's exhaust blown diffuser, but when asked which areas need improvement Rosberg said: "Everything. In general it's the aerodynamics, mechanically in terms of reducing weight. The engine is fine, but the blown exhaust system, which is a very important part of the aerodynamics now, can be improved a lot. We're working on it."