As he battles his team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the World title, Nico Rosberg concedes that "every last point will be crucial."
As the second part of the 2014 season gets underway, Rosberg is holding an 11-point advantage over Hamilton in the intra-team race for the title.
The duo, though, both lost a bit of ground to third-placed Daniel Ricciardo last time out in Hungary as the Red Bull racer claimed the victory.
And although it was only the second time that Mercedes had failed to win a race this season, Rosberg says it is a sign that the team needs to contine pushing hard.
The German said: "It's good to be back after the break and to see everyone looking really refreshed and up for the fight in the remaining months of the season.
"The last race didn't turn out how I had hoped after taking pole in tricky conditions the day before, but I still managed to come away with my championship lead intact and that's a good place to be heading into the next part of the year.
"Although we have had a great start with plenty of good results, that race showed that the other teams are never too far away.
"In Formula One you just can't afford to give away any advantage and I know that both the team and myself will be working harder than ever to keep improving and maintain our position right to the very end.
"On top of that, the battle with Lewis has been so close all season - and it could well stay that way right up to the final race - so every last point will be crucial in that contest too."
Looking ahead to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, the 29-year-old will not only be chasing his first victory but also his first visit to the Spa podium.
"Next up, of course, we have Belgium, which is definitely one of the most spectacular races of the year. The circuit is just unreal and it's one I think every driver looks forward to.
"My record there hasn't been as good as at some other circuits in the past, but I'm determined to change that and get the season kicked off again in style!"