Nico Rosberg insists he can't pin-point exactly the reasons behind his recent upturn in pace as he continued to stamp his authority over Lewis Hamilton over a single lap with a sixth straight pole position in Abu Dhabi.
Winner of the last two races in Mexico and Brazil, Rosberg produced a dazzling performance in qualifying around the Yas Marina Circuit, turning round the deficit to Lewis Hamilton from Q1 and Q2 to have the upper hand when it mattered in Q3.
Indeed, with three tenths of his four tenths advantage over Hamilton coming in the final sector alone, Rosberg was delighted to get the better of his arch rival and Mercedes team-mate in qualifying for the sixth event in succession.
However, he once again stops short of saying there has been particular change working inn his favour, insisting he is simply quicker than Hamilton at this time.
“Before it was close in the other direction and now it is close in this direction. I am quicker at the moment and I am very pleased about that. I am enjoying the moment and happy to be on pole again.” he said.
“There is no revival and I haven't invented anything. It is just progress and that is it. Before it was always very, very close and Lewis had that one tenth edge and at the moment it is me that has the one tenth edge, today a bit more, but it was very close lately in the last two races.”
Though Rosberg says he isn't treating the prospect of a third straight win as a big boost to take into 2016, he is keen to end the year on a high.
“Primarily I would just like to win the race because it is a great feeling to win, but also it would give all my crew and the team a great end to the season and a good reason to party then tomorrow night. That would be awesome to all have a good time together, so that is primarily on my mind. And of course whatever we learn this year helps going into next year and of course it would be great to finish on a high.”