Nico Rosberg: “I came here to be on pole”

Nico Rosberg - Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Nico Rosberg admitted to being disappointed not to take pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after ending 0.303 seconds shy of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer wanted to be on pole position for the season finale as he bids to clinch his maiden World Drivers’ Championship, which he would do with a podium finish on Sunday, but still feels he can fight for the victory at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“I came here to be on pole, so I’m not ecstatic today,” said Rosberg. “I was feeling good in the car today and put in some good laps at the end. But Lewis did a great job and was just a few tenths quicker.

“I’m still in a good position to win the race and I want to end the season on a high. There are a few opportunities tomorrow, so I look forward to an exciting battle.”

Rosberg has revealed that he will relax overnight in order to prepare himself for what is set to be the biggest race of his career, and whatever happens he is proud of his 2016 season.

“The Yas Marina Circuit is a great track and I’m feeling very good before the last race of the year,” said Rosberg. “I am proud and happy about how this season has gone for me until now. Tonight I will relax a bit with Vivian and some friends and come back tomorrow in top shape.”