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F1 German Grand Prix: Last gasp Rosberg revels in timely pole

Home hope Nico Rosberg only needs one lap to claim a confidence-boosting pole position for the German Grand Prix.
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.

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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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Ptolemy

July 31, 2016 5:31 AM

....almost forgot about a race might be this weekend. Just tuned in to see another Merc pole. Sick of the Nico and Lulu show. Sick of how the sport has turned out . I think this whole Merc domination was planned. Merc paid Bernie several 100M for it. Brought Lulu over from a world-beating team out of the blue and over to an almost backmarker team. I think its all about destroying the sport. Bernie is about to check out. Todt has moved on to a more "important" job to check another box in his biography. ...They want to solidify their glory days... The early 2000s ... as the absolute "Golden Age of Formula One." What better way to do this than to put funky poweplants that no one cares about or can understand in the cars...ones that strip away the most impressive thing about the way the cars were... THE SOUND. And now you have a two-way race every weekend. And one of the possible winners (Lulu) has turned the sport on its head by flaunting everything the sport prohibited in the

Ptolemy

July 31, 2016 5:40 AM

...in the past and is flaunting it in everyone's face. Mr. T jewelry, Purple ball caps and all. Its all about making the sport less exciting and even a mockery of what it once was. The Greatest Sport on Earth. Bernie and Todt love to see the sport dying, being laughed at, and the fans walking away. Everything they've done and are planning is designed to destroy F1. I don't even really care if I miss a race. Haven't for quit a long while. Once again, I plead for a return to the Great Spectacle" that was once what F1 was. Can someone chime in?



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