Nico Rosberg says he expects to have a straight fight with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Canadian Grand Prix.
After Hamilton was quicker throughout all three practice sessions and both the first two parts of qualifying, Rosberg snatched pole position by 0.076s to take his second pole in a row. With Williams and Red Bull looking quick at stages during qualifying, Mercedes still ultimately had a comfortable gap and Rosberg expects it will only be himself and Hamilton battling for victory on Sunday.
“I expect that it's going to be between the two of us for now,” Rosberg said. “Of course there can be surprises so we will still have to make sure that we push, but I think we have enough of a gap on race pace.”
And Rosberg admitted his confidence was high going in to the race after also winning last time out in Monaco.
“It's just that little bit extra when you have a good result. I have a good result behind my back, I've come here having won the last race which always helps. Lewis obviously had that winning streak and to bring that to an end was important.”
Hamilton has won on three occasions in Montreal and appeared quicker throughout the weekend, but Rosberg said previous records did not enter his thinking and says he isn't surprised by the result.
“That's statistics. I didn't really know the statistics until I got here and you told me on Friday or whatever. To me it's a track like any other and a track that I really enjoy. It's a really great track, it's a challenging track so I didn't think about it that way, I always believed that I had a chance to be right at the front and I'm just very, very happy that it worked out.”