Nico Rosberg pulled a lap out of the bag when it mattered as the championship leader took second place on the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver admitted that he has been struggling with the balance of his W07 Hybrid all weekend long in Mexico, but felt more comfortable during his final qualifying run, which enabled him to move up to join team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the front row.
Rosberg knows an early threat in the race could come from behind in the form of Red Bull Racing, who will be starting on the Supersoft tyre compared to the Soft’s that Rosberg will start on, but expects Sunday’s race to be an exciting one.
“This weekend it took a bit longer to find my rhythm,” said Rosberg. “At the end of Qualifying I was quite happy with how I felt in the car and managed to pull out a good lap – but Lewis was just a bit quicker.
“I’m not happy to have missed out on the pole position. But, on the other hand, starting from second place here is not that bad. There are a lot of opportunities, as the straight down to turn one on the first lap is very long. We’ve seen a few times this year that pole is not so important. It will be a challenging race and we need to have an eye on the Red Bull.
“I think the Mexican fans will have an exciting Sunday. It was so great to see so many of them out there today. They are so full of passion and it feels really great to see that when you’re out there on track.”