by Russell Atkins

Nico Rosberg has vowed to turn his strong qualifying form into points during the Canadian Grand Prix around the demanding Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today, on the back of a string of increasingly impressive performances this year.

The Formula 1 sophomore registered the best result of his career in the top flight with sixth place in Spain last month, and has four times qualified inside the top ten during the first six races of the 2007 campaign. Seventh spot on the grid in Montreal has left him in the perfect position from which to add to that points tally, and a full 12 places ahead of infinitely more experienced Williams team-mate Alex Wurz.

"Qualifying wasn't ideal," he told Crash.net. "We didn't have enough grip at the rear, but overall I'm pretty pleased. Of course it's annoying that Mark (Webber) is only six thousandths quicker, but it leaves us in a good position for the race. It's going to be very challenging, particularly regarding the tyres."

Indeed, it has not all been plain sailing for the young German so far this weekend, but he is confident he is now in good shape to at the very least match his qualifying performance when it really matters come the race.

"In Saturday's morning practice session I didn't find the balance easily," he admitted, "but we had good pace in qualifying. It will be tough to compete with the front-runners in the race, but we will fight and we certainly expect to score some points."

Wurz, for his part, was phlegmatic about his dismal performance, and stressed he would be doing everything possible to turn things around in the race.

"There is not much to say," the Austrian acknowledged. "It was just slow, that's it, and we will have to see where I lost the time. Of course I'm annoyed with myself and pretty angry. In the race I will be paying the price and it will be hard, but I am a fighter and I won't give up."

 

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