Nico Rosberg endured a disappointing afternoon in qualifying at his home grand prix at Hockenheim, as an under-par performance added to his weekend woes.

The Mercedes driver already held a five-place grid penalty prior to qualifying but struggled to get adequate tyre temperatures for a fast lap, leaving him 17th fastest.

The German will begin the race 22nd but is still hopeful of a points finish on in front of his home support.

"It's a bit surprising to finish so far down in qualifying today, but unfortunately I couldn't get the right temperatures in my first set of intermediate tyres in Q2 so I was a few seconds off the pace," Rosberg said.

"Yesterday I was quite confident in the wet and in the dry so it is frustrating, especially on top of the gearbox penalty. But I will still hope to score some points tomorrow because a lot is possible in the races this year. I will definitely push a lot in front of all our fans here.

Mercedes chief Ross Brawn shared Rosberg's disappointment and said that the driver simply overshot his window of opportunity.

"Nico was the second fastest prime tyre runner in Q1, but when the rain came, he struggled to generate temperature in his intermediate tyres," he said. "In those conditions, once you lose tyre temperature you never get it back, so we certainly missed the window with him."

by Dan Connor


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