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Rosberg: Pole position feels like a kick start of me

Nico Rosberg: For the first time this season everything went perfectly today and that's a great feeling
Mercedes man Nico Rosberg has hailed his pole position for the 2013 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix as a 'kick start'.

Rosberg struggled on Friday in practice, however, Mercedes turned things around overnight and the German eventually took top spot in the third qualifying session with relative ease, ending up 0.254 seconds up on Sebastian Vettel, who was 'best of the rest' in his Red Bull.

It was the second pole position of his F1 career and the first consecutive pole positions for Mercedes-Benz since it returned as a works entity in 2010.

“For the first time this season everything went perfectly today and that's a great feeling,” said Rosberg. “Pole position feels like a kick start for me and it's a great achievement from everyone in the team.

“We still had some work to do after the practice sessions yesterday and the team had a busy night to turn it around. Thanks to them for the quickest car out there today.”

Despite his success though, Rosberg knows race day will be a completely different test: “The race tomorrow is a different story and we're very aware of that,” he confirmed. “It will be difficult, especially with the rear tyres, and we know that other teams were stronger than us on the long runs on Friday.

“It will be a big challenge to stay ahead but starting from the front helps,” he added.

Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile was delighted to see Rosberg come out top, especially given the teams woes 24 hours earlier.

It wasn't all jubilation, however, as Lewis Hamilton had a more difficult day in the sister car, and while he qualified fourth, he will drop to ninth due to a five-place penalty for a gearbox change. Mercedes was forced to change it after a piece of debris on track caused a left rear tyre failure at the end of final practice this morning, which in turn damaged the suspension and the gearbox.

“As a team, we recovered well from two difficult practice sessions yesterday. Neither driver was happy and, together with their engineers, they did a great job to put us in a much stronger position today,” Brawn stated.

“Nico produced a great lap to take pole. I said earlier in the season that I think we have the best driver pairing in F1 and they are proving it with their performances. Lewis had some problems this morning but he coped with them well and recovered strongly to qualify fourth fastest. He will drop five places on the grid tomorrow but we can still expect him to deliver a strong race.

“We know tomorrow's race could be very different and perhaps today's slightly cooler conditions favoured us, so let's see what it brings.”



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20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
20.04.2012- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
20.04.2012- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position
20.04.2012- Qualifying, 3rd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position and 2à Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
20.04.2012- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position

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JD 002

April 21, 2013 4:58 AM

I'm really happy that mercedes has produced a decent enough car this year to showcase Rosberg's true potential. Even though over race distance it may not keep up with the likes of Ferrari, Red bull and even Lotus (in Kimi's case) it's good to see him being able to park that car in P1 on the grid. I have always felt that Rosbergs talents were being squandered due to a poor performing vehicle and now, even if the car isn't the best in the field if he can out perform Lewis it would be interesting to think what he could have achieved being given a red bull or m'claren in 2010.



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