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Rosberg braced for Hamilton rift

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Nico Rosberg insists he is fully aware his relationship with Lewis Hamilton could turn sour in 2014, but that has not diminished his determination to be the in-form driver in the Mercedes garage this year.

The Mercedes drivers have a win apiece and at the moment look likely to be the two main contenders for the drivers' title in 2014. Rosberg has a relationship with Hamilton stretching back to their karting days and he admits it has remained harmonious for the time being, but he is fully aware that may not remain the case this year.

"At the moment it hasn't changed at all," Rosberg said. "Maybe because we are not thinking about championship yet and we're taking it race by race, making the most of what we have and winning races. It's early days. But of course I understand it could change if we are still in a similar position. We've been in this position before. In go-karts we were fighting for the championship there, and it's exactly the same, but with a little bit more people around and more media and spectators. We managed to get through there with respect and I'm confident we are going to be able to manage in any circumstance. I'm sure there will be tough times inevitably, but I'm confident we can work through it now and move on. Lewis won that kart championship, so it's my turn now."

After watching Hamilton take the chequered flag in Malaysia Rosberg insists he is determined not to see a repeat in Bahrain.

"There's been a big analysis of what happened. Of course, I want to win, I don't want to be second because second is the first loser. I don't want to be a loser. We've reviewed everything and gone into a lot of detail and learnt a lot. I've had a long sit down with everybody. There's things on my side that I can do better and then there's some things going on we don't understand, some very strange things happening where we think, 'woa, what's going on there', like on tyre temperatures for example. That's a group effort and we will step it up again."

Rosberg admits he is still adjusting to being in the most dominant car in 2014.

"It's a really good felling, it's great. I've never had it before in F1 and now I'm coming to a track where I know I've got the best car and that I can win the race. It's a great feeling to be part of the momentum we have in our team at the moment - it's special."

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