Nico Rosberg: “I’m looking ahead in a very positive way”

Nico Rosberg was left confused following qualifying in Montreal after feeling he lost some of the grip in the final session that left him unable to take the fight to Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg’s best lap was 0.309s adrift of the pole time, and admits he will need to investigate the reasons why he could not maintain his pace from the first two sessions of qualifying into the final part.

“I had a good start to the Qualifying sessions and found a nice rhythm between the walls,” said Rosberg. “But then I had a really bad Q3 and I still don’t know why.

“I didn’t have the grip like I had before with the last two sets of tyres – it was suddenly gone. It’s very strange and that was really disappointing for me.”

Despite his bewilderment of his qualifying, Rosberg remains positive about having a good race on Sunday.

“Tomorrow is a long and difficult race and there are opportunities to overtake,” said Rosberg, “so I’m looking ahead in a very positive way.”