Nico Rosberg has said 'sorry' to team-mate Lewis Hamilton after his error at the end of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix brought out the yellow flags and scuppered any chance the Briton had of challenging.

"No, definitely not," Rosberg replied, when it was put to him that was not really the way he wanted to take his second pole position in a row in Monaco and the sixth of his F1 career.

"I thought it was over," added the German. "But of course in the end I am very happy it worked out."

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Quizzed further on the incident, which has divided the paddock - between those saying he did it deliberately to others who said it was just a mistake as he was pushing hard - Rosberg stated: "I'm sorry for what happened. It is not great and yes it is not the way I wanted it to go. But that is the way it is.

"It does take away some of the pleasure, although I am still very, very happy to be on pole position.

"It was a mega banker [lap that I put in at the start of Q3].

"I knew Lewis would be close."

Rosberg also insisted that the data will show there was nothing underhand to the way he took pole position, although he is now under investigation by the FIA.

Hamilton meanwhile, who will now provisionally start second, having been 0.059 seconds slower, was clearly not amused [see separate story - HERE].

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Partially just because I'm a Rosberg fan, I'd like to think the mistake was unintentional. I will admit, though, one of the first things I thought was, "Schumi'd be proud." I'm sure there was plenty to learn from him during their partnership beyond possible QP "tactics," and I'll give Nico the benefit of the doubt for now.