Nico Rosberg was left to lament his qualifying performance after finishing the Monaco Grand Prix in seventh place.

The German qualified in sixth place around the challenging street circuit despite feeling he had the pace to fight for pole position.

With Monaco being the most difficult circuit for overtaking on the calendar, that qualifying performance left Rosberg on the back foot and he admitted he was disappointed not to be able to fight for at least a podium position.

"My expectations for this weekend were very high and therefore I am disappointed that we could only achieve seventh place," the Mercedes man said. "We had the speed for a front row position in qualifying and that should have given us the opportunity for a podium finish.

"In the race, I was able to manage my tyres well and put in quick laps once the cars ahead of me pitted and the track was clear. That was important for me to show that we were competitive here. I would like to say a big thank you to my team for their hard work this weekend and for preparing the best car of the season so far.

"It was crucial to get points and we will keep positive and look ahead to the next races."

Rosberg had initially taken the chequered flag in eighth before team-mate Michael Schumacher was handed a post-race penalty.