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

FIA post-qualifying press conference from Monaco with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).
Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).

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Nico, I guess in some ways the result that many people had expected – but it was not straightforward in the way it was achieved today, given the conditions.

Nico Rosberg:
Oh, definitely, yeah! It could have been a lot easier out there today. The conditions were all over the place and as soon as it started drizzling again the lap times became a lot slower, even on the Inters. So it was really difficult and changing so much, y'know? So you really have to be out there at the right time with the right tyres, especially in Q2, changing over to slicks – but I'm really happy. Everything went to plan and the last lap was OK. It's great to be on pole again, especially in Monaco. If at any track then it's this track where it makes a difference.

Lewis, you held provisional pole position for a matter of a few seconds…

Lewis Hamilton:

…before Nico came through. Did you think you'd done enough on that lap? Did you think that today was the day?

Lewis Hamilton:
I didn't, definitely not. I've been struggling all weekend as you can see, my pace was sucking all weekend and just struggling with the car if I'm honest. It's the first time I've ever had that experience here in Monaco, since 2005, every year, I was on it and didn't have any problems with confidence or anything like that – but this weekend has been difficult. So I'm really happy to be here, be able to lock-out, obviously, the front row for the team and just massive improvement for me, considering all the sessions in qualifying – so I'm still chuffed.

Sebastian, you were fastest in Q2 but when push came to shove at the very end, were you just missing that final little bit, do you think?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I think it was very close. Mercedes was very quick all weekend, we know they are very quick on one lap. But I don't want that to sound like an excuse. I think it was a bit more than a tenth missing and I think I had that today but it didn't come together on the last lap. Really, if anyone's to blame… I think the car was very, very good and if anyone's to blame then it's me. So, not entirely happy .with the last lap but quite happy that there isn't a Ferrari or a Lotus ahead. Tomorrow I think these guys will have to stop at least as much as us – yeah therefore I think sitting in third is still a good result and should be a good opportunity tomorrow to win the race.

Back to you Nico, it's 30 years since your father Keke won this grand prix, 30 years to the year You're bidding to become the first son of a former winner to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Your thoughts on tomorrow's grand prix.

Nico Rosberg:
Well, it's always nice to hear these statistics but… yeah, it's nice but it doesn't really change much for tomorrow. Just very happy starting first. And you know, in Barcelona we were still struggling a lot in the race. I was 70 seconds behind at the end of the race from the race winner. We're improving, it's difficult to understand the tyres and get the most out of it. We're improving step by step – but there's still a lot of question marks remaining. And so here, yeah, I'm sure we've made a step forward but it's still going to be difficult for us tomorrow, definitely. It's still our weakness but we'll make the best of it and, who knows? You can always have a few surprises.

Press conference

Obviously Nico it's an all-German final this evening in the Champions' League, you've stuck the car on pole position so a fair bit to shout about there – but there was one moment in Q1 at Mirabeau where you appeared to be about to go straight on – so quite a close moment. Did you have your heart in your mouth at that moment?

Nico Rosberg:
Two moments actually! I did exactly the same thing twice. I was just surprised by the lack of grip going into there and then I didn't really want to accept the next time around that I had to take so much speed out, and so I went straight again. But anyway, it was the beginning of the session, it was drying out so I knew that there was plenty of time to set a time later on. But of course those moments are not great. Prefer staying on track.


Related Pictures

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25.05.2013- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position
24.05.2013- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
25.05.2013- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position, 2nd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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