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Post-qualifying press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1

Well, my two races, one I retired and the other one I got put backwards by being spun around, so it's not completely clear what we would have seen with our car. It's certainly a question mark whether we would have been able to keep up that position but we'll try our best to do so.

Q:
Back you Nico, that's qualifying over with but what do you feel you can do in the race because Mercedes certainly need the points tomorrow, don't they?

Nico Rosberg:
Yeah, for me it's also sort of the start of the season now because the first two races haven't gone too well. So it's not bad to start first, obviously for us it's fantastic. Of course it's pretty clear I think that in the race we been not quite as good as in qualifying lately. We've worked very hard to try and improve that but it's not something you can change in a few weeks. It's going to take some time but we're making good progress in the race, that's important. It's difficult to know exactly where we're going to be tomorrow because again with the conditions changing, if it becomes a little bit colder that might help us, for example. I don't really know how it's going to go. For sure we're going to try our best. We're going to work hard tonight to try and do the final little details on the set up, electronically specifically, and make the most of it.



Press conference.

Q:
Nico, congratulations, I'm sure you've been waiting for this for a little while?

Nico Rosberg:
definitely. It's a great feeling. Fantastic. It worked out well, qualifying, especially as we got it all right in the end. It was a good lap and it all came together. It's the perfect start until now. I'm really happy for the whole team. It really shows that, as a team, we're moving forward. In qualifying we're very, very strong now. In the race we're still not quite as strong and not where we want to be yet but also there, we're learning a lot and progressing fast. The thing is we can't make huge jumps in a couple of weeks, it's going to take a bit more time, but we're getting there.

Q:
You said yesterday that you were struggling a little bit with the front tyres. I guess you weren't in qualifying?

Nico Rosberg:
In qualifying, not so much, no! In qualifying it was definitely better. The temperature coming down in the end slightly helped, just helped the rear tyres a little bit. We're depending on that also a lot for tomorrow, then how the conditions are can change things a lot for us. It's difficult to know really how well we're going to go tomorrow. We'll see.

Q:
You had an amazing margin over whoever was going to be second at the end. It must have been a funny situation when you were walking down the pit lane and everyone was still trying to beat you?

Nico Rosberg:
You can say that for sure. The lap time was very, very strange. I had no idea if the track got a lot better or what was going on out there, so I was just hoping, 'come on, let that be enough, please' and it was, so it was good.

Q:
It must have been a perfect lap?

Nico Rosberg:
It was, definitely.

Q:
Lewis, on the front row again, but sadly, you won't be on the front row again [this weekend]. It looked like a good lap.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, it wasn't such a bad lap, but I'm pleased to say congratulations to Nico, it's fantastic to see him up there and for us to qualify on the front row, for me, is a quite a cool feeling because we were team-mates back in 2000 and good friends from way before that. We always dreamed of being here on the front row and racing in Formula One and here we are. Unfortunately, we won't be able to have that front row, but I'll just have to work my hardest to try to catch him up.

Q:
What about that last lap. You aborted it. Were you just not going to be quick enough?

Lewis Hamilton:
I probably could have gone a tenth quicker but it was very close. It wasn't enough to close the gap to Nico. No one else was improving on their times so it was important to try to save the tyres.

Q:
You're a two-time winner here, so what are your chances tomorrow?

Lewis Hamilton:
I have a lot of work ahead of me. Just moving forward is what I'll be aiming for and obviously to finish the race. Then we'll just see what happens from there. You know anything can happen here with the weather. These guys are going to be massively quick, so I wish them all the best but I just hope me and Jenson can make our way forward and score some valuable points.

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12.04.2012 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
13.04.2012 - Free practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
14.02.2012 - Qualifying, Pole Position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
14.02.2012 - Qualifying, Pole Position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03, 2nd Place Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 3rd Place Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03

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