Nico Rosberg says he is confident he can turn the tables on Lewis Hamilton in the Spanish Grand Prix after being beaten to pole position by his Mercedes team-mate.

Despite Rosberg holding the upper hand over his team-mate in free practice, it was Hamilton that would save his best for qualifying to out-pace the German by almost three tenths of a second.

Disappointed to miss out on the top spot, the third time he has lost out in a straight fight with Hamilton this year, Rosberg is nonetheless optimistic he can prevail in race conditions, even if he admits strategic limits will make it tough.

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"For sure I'm disappointed to be second. I wanted to be first today, of course. Lewis was just quicker in qualifying today and that's it.

"Fortunately it's the race that counts so there are still a couple of opportunities tomorrow for sure, at the start for example. Strategy wise it's not going to be an easy race tomorrow, so I'll try to take my chances there. "