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Hamilton battle will remain this intense - Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg believes his title battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton will remain as intense as it was in Hungary for the rest of the season.

The title battle peaked at the Hungarian Grand Prix when Hamilton finished third ahead of Rosberg after defying team orders earlier in the race. Rosberg has refused to share his thoughts on his team-mate's actions but believes the rivalry will remain highly-charged until the season is decided.

"It's going to remain intense, definitely, but that's natural because it's both of us going for race wins every race," he said. "And that it's going to be intense is clear, and it will remain so until the end of the year, I hope to all your happiness and excitement."

Asked if he had a way to deal with the situation, he said: "No, it's an ongoing process we need to manage. There is not one thing...we need to keep managing the situation."

Ahead of a four-week gap to the next race, Rosberg admitted that it was hard not to dwell on losing out to Hamilton in Hungary.

"I'm not so excited about going into the summer break, as we speak. Hopefully I will be excited, but it's going to take some time.

"The thing I'm most gutted about was the last lap because that was in my control. There was a small opportunity. I was so close, if there had been 30 centimetres more then he couldn't have pushed me wide.

"That's what I'm gutted about, but it just wasn't enough, and that's it. It was so close, and that's what bothers me."

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