Nico Rosberg was 'very happy' after qualifying third today for the F1 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.
Rosberg, who finished Friday practice in second and who was fourth in FP3 this morning, maintained that form this afternoon and on his second run in the top-ten shoot-out he just edged out McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to finish the day 'best of the rest', behind the ever-dominant Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
Rosberg is now upbeat about his chances in tomorrow's 58-lap grand prix and after a rather difficult start to the season for the Brackley-based team, he will be looking to maximise on his best Q performance since the 2010 Malaysian GP.
“I'm very happy with our performance in qualifying and it's amazing to see where we are right now,” Rosberg reflected. “After a difficult start to the season, we are getting closer to the front and I'm pleased that we are making a small step forward each weekend.
“Thank you to the team for a great job so far. We saved one set of new soft tyres for the race, which will be important in terms of strategy. I'm really looking forward to the race.”
Mercedes boss Norbert Haug meanwhile was very impressed with Rosberg's performance and once again the 25-year-old outshone his illustrious team-mate, Michael Schumacher, who was just over a second slower. Schumacher will start eighth in the sister MGP W02.
“It was a great lap from Nico and everybody in the team has done a very good job to improve the car consistently over the last two Grand's Prix,” Haug remarked.
“Third place behind Sebastian and Mark is a good result for us and our guys have worked extremely hard.
“Michael did not get the perfect lap in Q3, after being second fastest during the morning session, but with a good start from his place on the fourth row, he can improve in the race.”