Mercedes GP has brought its latest iteration of its blown diffuser for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, after it was forced to revert to its original design at the last round in Hungary.

Nico Rosberg Overheating issues from the second version of the diffuser design caused warping in the carbon fibre and a deformity of its structure.

Despite the defending Constructors’ champions electing to shifts focus to their 2011 challenger, rectifying the issue with the blown diffuser in still unfinished business for the team, even though the concept is banned from next year’s cars.

Although holding some hopes that the revisions to the diffuser would help improve the team’s prospects, Nico Rosberg also admitted that he was trying to keep a realistic approach this weekend.

“You can never say for sure, but they have done the best possible job to try and modify the parts and hopefully they will work here,” he said. “At the moment Ferrari and Red Bull Racing are a bit ahead, so it’s difficult to say where we will be, but I am not expecting big jumps at the moment.

“The weather is looking mixed for the moment, and if the weather is mixed then anything can happen – and we could do better than we are expecting,” he added, although ruled out any hopes of a lucky race win at Spa Francorchamps.

“Rain gives us a better chance. In terms of a victory? I don’t think so. Even in the rain, car performance wise, we are not there but definitely we will be much higher up than if it is dry.”

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.