Nico Rosberg secured his fifth successive pole position in the latter stages of the 2015 F1 world championship, putting himself at the front of the grid for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, despite describing a ragged fastest lap.
The German repeated his 2014 pole by denying Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.06s, but admitted that there were a couple of moments that could have derailed his effort to stay ahead of the Briton, who had topped final practice during the morning and set the early qualifying pace.
“I'm pleased with the day and it's the best place to be in for tomorrow's race,” Rosberg confirmed, “It worked well in qualifying - I was playing catch-up in Q2 as that didn't go to plan but, then, in Q3, we really got going and got some good laps in, although the last lap was on the edge, with a couple of big few moments in there…”
With the championship already decided in Hamilton's favour, Rosberg has less to fight for this weekend, but insists that he has the same mindset that saw him win last time out in Mexico.
“I'm just thinking about the individual races now,” he admitted, “I'm here and I want to win and that's it really. Of course, P2 in the championship is still there to be had and that is better than P3 for sure, and it's always better to end on a high rather than a low for this season and thinking about next season.
“It'll be an exciting race for sure, and strategy-wise, we're quite comfortable as we got all the work done on Friday. I'm not sure if that was the case last year, but we're in a better position and know what to expect and that should help.”
Although Mercedes' nearest rival was more than half a second adrift, Rosberg refused to discount his rival for second in the standings, with Sebastian Vettel lining up third fastest.
“We'll be keeping an eye on Ferrari, as they as they were quick on the long run on Friday, and we need to be careful about this,” he insisted, “But we're going out there for the win.”