Nico Rosberg: “It wasn’t my day out there today”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Nico Rosberg was forced to settle for second place on the grid to Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but feels the team have provided both drivers with an extremely strong car this weekend.

The German was 0.319 seconds shy of Hamilton’s pole setting time, but knows Sunday is a different day and is targeting a second British Grand Prix victory to add to his triumph in 2013.

Rosberg feels that he could another good start could propel him into the lead at Silverstone, but also could work strategy into his favour to try and recover at least some of the points he lost in the last lap clash with his team-mate in Austria last weekend.

“The team has given us an incredible car,” said Rosberg. “It really was a pleasure to drive out there today – especially through these spectacular high-speed corners where it’s just awesome.

“It’s like the car is on rails, which is just what you want as a driver, so a big thank you to everyone for that.

“It wasn’t my day out there today – but congratulations to Lewis, who did an awesome job. Tomorrow is the day and it’s all to play for and it will be a great battle between Lewis and me.

“There are some chances at the start and it will be interesting how the tyre degradation will influence the strategy. Recently I’ve had good starts, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll definitely still be pushing for the win.”