Nico Rosberg says he can take satisfaction from claiming pole position for the German Grand Prix in tricky circumstances after a technical problem consigned him to just one last gasp effort.
Though quickest in all three practice sessions, Rosberg came into the pole-deciding Q3 session having been out-paced by Lewis Hamilton in Q1 and Q2, only to be hindered further when his Mercedes W07 developed an 'electronic error' on his first flying lap.
RESULTS: German Grand Prix – Qualifying results
Forced to abort to allow Mercedes to fix it, Rosberg was sent out for two-lap final run but would only need the first one to set a time good enough to rebuff Hamilton's response.
“It was a great feeling. It was a great lap and not only was it just one lap that I had but I also had extra fuel to make sure I had another shot if a mistake or something happens. So I had fuel for three laps so that was some more time in hand there. So that was a really satisfying lap.”
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Looking ahead to the race, Rosberg believes Red Bull and Ferrari remain a threat, but if confident the technical issue won't repeat.
“I'm sure they'll fix it for tomorrow, it's never happened before so I'm sure it will be OK. Definitely it will be an exciting race against Lewis and the Red Bulls and maybe also the Ferrari guys but they are a little bit further back it seems.”
Rosberg comes into his home race six points behind Hamilton after ceding the lead of the standings for the first time in 2016 after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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