Nico Rosberg: “It will be a great battle for the win”


Nico Rosberg admitted his pleasure at securing his fourth consecutive pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix, and praised his engineers for giving him the car to be able to do it.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, but feels there will be more than just his team-mate to worry about during Sunday’s race, with the German feeling Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo will be in the mix.

“I’m quite pleased with the first half of the weekend,” revealed Rosberg. “I have to thank my engineers because we nailed the set-up and I felt great in the car.

“I did a pretty cool lap in Q3, which I wasn’t able to improve on the second run. But tomorrow is the day and it will be a great battle for the win between the top five – especially as we didn’t have much time to practice long runs.

“Sebastian and the two Red Bulls look strong but I’m very confident that our car is the best prepared for the circumstances.

“At this point I want to thank the organizers for putting such a great event together. The stadiums are really phenomenal. I had some time to enjoy it on my in lap after Q3 and it was absolutely unbelievable. I very much look forward to race day.”