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Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda believes Nico Rosberg can fight back from being beaten in three consecutive races by his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Autosport asked if Lauda felt Rosberg could recover in the team battle.
"Yes he will. And I think he will because racing drivers have this [mentality]," Lauda said. "If they are blown off, like he was [in China], he will get himself new strategies worked out to not let these things happen again."
Rosberg, with one win and three second places, leads the drivers' championship by four points from Hamilton. The Brit failed to finish in Australia but has won all the other races.
Of Hamilton, Lauda said he had never seen him driving so well.
"He is absolutely on top of everything. He understands the car, which is more complicated than in the past. He understands the tyres and drives at the absolute perfect way on the edge."
"He does not do any mistakes, and I have to say he is on a high like I have never seen before. Outstanding!"
The gaps between Hamilton and Rosberg have mostly been small this year, and with Mercedes so far ahead of the other teams the title fight is expected to be a two-horse race.
Reliability will probably be the key.