14 March 2015
F1 Australian Grand Prix: Rosberg dismisses qualifying deficit
Nico Rosberg insists the F1 qualifying margin between himself and Australian GP polewinner Lewis Hamilton was down to errors on his fastest lap.
Nico Rosberg has blamed himself for lagging six-tenths behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, admitting that he simply did not get his laps 'together'.
While questions were being asked about his inability to match Hamilton's blistering 1m 26.327secs effort, especially after having the better of the world champion throughout Friday's two practice sessions, Rosberg conceded that his driving had let him down when it mattered in the final part of knock-out qualifying.
“[The margin] is not indicative of the pace difference,” he claimed, “For sure, Lewis was quick but I didn't get my laps together today, so I'm not too worried about pace – I'm not worried about pace at all, to be honest.
“The story was, first of all, that Lewis was on impressive form today - he did an awesome job and nailed it all the time - and then, for me, the speed was there but I just didn't get it together, so it wasn't a great day today. P2, I have to live with that today but it's a long day tomorrow and I've still got all the chances.
“The race is always a different thing and maybe I can even turn it around tomorrow. On Friday, on the long runs, my pace was very strong so I believe it can be the other way tomorrow. I'm definitely going to give it everything tomorrow and put on a good show for everybody!”
Rosberg's first lap in Q3 was notable for his running off the road, and it wasn't the first time either Mercedes had taken to the grass in qualifying.
“It was difficult because the wind at the start had changed from the session this morning,” the German explained, “It was different again and it really has a big impact on the car, so we all had to adapt to it. That's why it was particularly difficult out there, but the balance was good and the car was really good.”
Rosberg also felt the need to dismiss suggestions that one of his radio messages had claimed an engine problem was affecting his laps.
“It's fine-tuning,” he insisted, “I cannot say I had a problem [with the engine]. I had small things here and there to perfect everything.”
Asked how he thought he could overcome Hamilton, especially if the Briton makes a getaway like the one that helped secure his second title in Abu Dhabi last season, Rosberg already had some ideas.
“Tyres are my opportunity [to overtake] - the start and then the tyres,” he explained, “If the temperatures drop like they did just now, the soft tyre could be a big problem with graining, so that's my chance.”
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