Despite having been beaten to pole position for the fourth time in five races, Nico Rosberg knows that he still has a chance to turn the tables on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The German appeared to have seized the upper hand as the Spanish Grand Prix moved into its second day, overturning Hamilton's early advantage to top both final practice and the first two phases of qualifying. However, when it came to the twelve minutes that mattered most, he found that his best efforts were once again not enough to deny the Briton.

"I'm very disappointed - I don't particularly enjoy coming second to Lewis....," he grimaced, replaying his quote from the Bahrain Grand Prix, "It was a good lap, so Lewis did a better job and that's the way it is.

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"However, it's still all to play for tomorrow - second place is only a little bit away from optimum and all it takes is a good start tomorrow and I'm in the lead again. That's the good thing about it - and that's why it's still all to play for. It's going to be a long race and it's possible that tyre degradation is going to be a key point. It will be a little more of a challenge this year because we have less grip and traction than last year and harder tyres, but it should be more exciting. It's all good."

Like Hamilton, Rosberg was quick to praise the efforts of the Mercedes team, which kept both drivers well clear of the pack despite the three-week break since the last race in China.

"I wouldn't say [that we've pulled further ahead], but I think we've managed to keep the gap consistent and that's an achievement already," he noted, "That's fantastic and I'm really happy about that - it's been a great job by the team as our ambition is to maintain the gap here, not be shaky and hope they don't close the gap too much. We want to grow the gap!"