Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s Grand Prix of Europe from pole position after achieving what he described as a ‘optimum’ performance in qualifying, which saw his team mate Lewis Hamilton crash out in Q3.
But despite the fact that Hamilton will start the Grand Prix from tenth place as a result of his accident, Rosberg insisted he wasn’t counting out the reigning world champion just yet.
“Lewis has shown very often that he can come back from 10th place and he did that in Russia,” Rosberg pointed out.
“I’m excited for my team colleagues because they want to have a one-two and it’s still possible tomorrow but it’s going to be more difficult now for sure.”
Rosberg hadn’t been able to match Hamilton’s pace during the practice sessions on Friday, but the balance of power between the team mates perceptibly swung when it came to Saturday and qualifying.
“It was one of the more challenging sessions out there, but everything worked out well. There was a bit of re-organising because for example in Q3 Lewis had an off in front of me so I had to abort that lap and then I just had one more attempt at the end, but that worked out fine.
“I’m very, very happy. It was great,” he added. “All weekend we’ve been building towards it and in qualifying it was really optimum so it felt good.
“I’m sure the race is also going to be very exciting, it’s one of the easiest tracks to overtake so I think there’s going to be a lot of changing places I think, probably a lot of safety cars too and restarts, so it should be a good show.
“It’s a very exciting track, it’s a tough track. That’s why you’ve seen so many mistakes and I think that’s why tomorrow there’s going to be a lot going on.”
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