Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg is feeling bullish about his prospects for the British Grand Prix after qualifying on the front row today.
Rosberg, who was quickest in practice both this morning and on Friday, will start alongside team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, after he was unable to match the pace of the Englishman in the top-ten shootout.
Despite finishing Q3 0.452 seconds slower, however, the German was magnanimous in defeat, and admitted that Hamilton had done the better job.
“A fantastic team result today and it's great to see how much progress we have made together since last year,” Rosberg said. “The feeling of confidence that our car will be quick in qualifying is fantastic and I love going to a race knowing that we have a shot of a strong grid position.
“The team are doing a great job and we are keeping up the development so a big thank you to everyone at the factories, many of whom are here today watching.
“My lap was good and starting from the front row is great but Lewis did a fantastic job today [to get pole]. I hope we have improved our race pace.
"It will be all about tyre management tomorrow and keeping the others behind us. I'm confident that we can get a good result.”
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff added: “A fantastic result for the entire team to take our third front row lockout this year.
"Lewis put in a mega lap: I don't know if it's the Silverstone factor or something else, but that was an incredible performance.
"Nico has been strong all weekend [too] and second position gives us a great platform for the race tomorrow. Tomorrow should be warmer and we have struggled with race pace at some circuits so far this year. But the trend is going in the right direction.”