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GP Week : Issue 218
rebounding rosberg The Chinese Grand Prix marked the first time this season Nico Rosberg has come within touching distance of Lewis Hamilton. Ever since the Belgian Grand Prix last season Nico Rosberg has looked a shadow of his former self. The German scored the most pole positions last year but it was only in China that he managed to get anywhere near his teammates pace. Even then his frustration over the radio was clear when his crew informed him of the miniscule margin by which he missed pole position. His body language had been downcast throughout 2015, and was towards the end of last season too; whatever happened behind closed doors after Belgium has only just begun to be undone. "Nico has to sort himself out," Niki Lauda said ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. "He is definitely a little bit behind Lewis. It is not anything I can talk to him about. He will know what he has to do, and he must sort it out himself." A more aggressive approach was Rosberg was the response. He was rather more sharp with his team over the radio and that seemed to pay off. His qualifying performance was key. That he was disillusioned about finishing second and didn't resort to the tired PR lines like "Lewis was better than me today," suggests a new lease of life for the 29-year-old He's not there yet but at least he's beginning to resemble the man that led the championship for so long in 2014, as evidenced by the spat with Hamilton post-race. RIGHT: It's been a difficult start to 2015 for Nico Rosberg but in China showed signs he's re-found his 2014 form... 21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: