Nico Rosberg: “I can’t wait for the race”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Mercedes AMG Petronas W07 Hybrid – Nico Rosberg. Saturday 11th June 2016, F1 Canadian GP Practice 3, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada. Digital Ref :1588LB1D0987 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Rosberg was marginally beaten to pole position in qualifying for the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix, by Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with just 0.062 seconds in it, the closest gap of the season so far.  The German is still happy to be starting from the front row for Sunday’s race however, and believes he will perform when it matters.

“Even if I just missed out on pole, the front row is still a good position to start the race tomorrow. Today, Lewis was just a little bit quicker on the first flying lap, so I gave it an extra push on the second run to close the gap – but I got it wrong and had a lockup at the first corner. With no time for a second lap, that was the chance gone.”

With just three tenths splitting the top four drivers in Montreal, the race should be a close run thing between the Silver Arrows team-mates and the Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing teams as well.

Despite missing out on pole position Rosberg is positive ahead of tomorrow’s race, knowing that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a track with plenty of chances to overtake, and he has been nailing his starts lately.

“There will be a few opportunities to overtake Lewis in the race. I’ve made some good starts recently which is a positive – and also with tyre strategy it could be worth trying something different.

“It should be exciting either way, as the weather forecast is interesting for tomorrow. I’m excited in any case. Canada is always a special one, so I can’t wait for the race.”