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Rosberg: We have a good car for the race
23 March 2013
Nico Rosberg believes he should have some 'good opportunities' in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, despite not qualifying as high as he would have liked.
For the second race in succession, the German was out-qualified by his new Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, although with rain arriving in Q2, it meant conditions were constantly changing for Q3.
In the end Rosberg secured sixth on the grid, and while he was disappointed not to have got more out of the car - especially as he had been third in Q1 and quickest in Q2 – he felt the decision to stay out in the top-ten shoot-out and not pit for fresh intermediate tyres cost them.
“In the dry conditions I had a great balance today and everything went perfectly which was nice to see. [But] once it began to rain unfortunately we weren't able to get the most out of the car and at the end of Q3, my tyres were worn as some parts of the track were drying and I wasn't able to improve my lap time,” he explained.
“We have a good car for the race, however, and a strong starting position from the third row of the grid so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. We should have some good opportunities and will need to make sure that we make the most of them.”
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile echoed those thoughts in his own post-qualifying assessment: “An exciting qualifying session this afternoon with the threat of the weather conditions changing. The car was well balanced on both dry compounds and the intermediate tyres, and we made a pretty good job of judging the conditions. Clearly there was an opportunity at the end to put a second set of intermediates on and potentially go faster but it could have gone either way," he added.
“Both Lewis [Hamilton, who qualified fourth] and Nico are in good positions for the race though and the car seems to be in reasonable shape so we look forward to tomorrow and whatever the weather decides to throw at us,” Brawn concluded.
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