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Nico Rosberg: “I’m not happy with second place”

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Nico Rosberg felt Lewis Hamilton did a better job during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix after being forced to settle for second on the grid around Albert Park.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver saw his run of six consecutive pole positions come to an end on Saturday in Australia, but admitted he was impressed by how the team have developed their W07 to ensure the team remain the ones to beat in 2016 after locking out the front row.

“We have to be careful, as it’s very early days,” said Rosberg. “But I have to say it’s very impressive how the team has come out as the quickest here by a good margin for the third year in a row.

“It’s amazing to see, as the risk when you’re dominating is that you start to become complacent. It’s a big risk too – one that we’ve seen before – but everyone seems to be pushing on through.

“Of course, I’m not happy with second place today. My last lap in Q3 was good – but Lewis just did a better job, so that’s it. Still, there are a lot of opportunities starting from P2 so I’m looking forward to the race.”

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