Nico Rosberg admitted he was delighted to secure pole for the Monaco Grand Prix, although the German was quick to point out that he would have a more straightforward qualifying session on the streets of the principality.
The Mercedes man mastered the conditions to secure his third straight pole ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the Brackley-based team locked out the front row of the grid following a session that featured a damp and drying circuit.
With grid positions being particularly important on the Monte Carlo streets Rosberg admitted he was pleased to have been able to secure his spot at the head of the field and said he was confident of a stronger performance on race day than on previous weekends.
"It definitely could have been easier,” he said. “The conditions were all over the place, and then it started drizzling again so the lap times got a lot slower. It was changing so much and you have to be on the right tyres at the right time. Everything when to plan and the last lap went okay.
“It's a great feeling to be on pole in the city where I grew up and it means so much to me to drive through the streets here in a Silver Arrow. I have to say thank you to everybody at the team for all of their hard work in improving our car and our performance so much since last year.
“Having said that, we know that race pace has been our weakness. We've learnt a lot since the last race, and this track should suit us, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out if this will be enough.”
Team principal Ross Brawn was delighted with the front row lock-out and, like Rosberg, said the team would work hard to maximise the qualifying performance on race day.
“That was a tricky session and the weather kept us on our toes for the whole hour. Nico, Lewis and the whole team did a great job throughout qualifying to put us in the perfect position at the front of the grid for tomorrow.
“We are well aware of our fate in the last few races and we have to make sure that we are in better shape for tomorrow. I believe we have moved in the right direction and we'll see tomorrow if those improvements are enough and we can have a good race.”