Formula 1 sophomore Nico Rosberg once more shone in qualifying for the French Grand Prix, earning his fifth top ten grid slot of the season as he bids to cement his ever-growing reputation.

The young German - who turned 22 just before the weekend - will begin the race from ninth place following a composed and confident performance, despite suffering an electronics problem. He is now looking to convert that into points for the third time in 2007.

"It is difficult here to get the lap right in qualifying," Rosberg explained, "because grip is limited. I managed to do a very good lap in Q2, one of those laps you get once in a while, but I was a bit disappointed by Q3 because something happened with the gearbox in the second-to-last corner and I lost a few tenths. If that hadn't happened, I think we would have been a couple of positions higher than I am. Expectations are, of course, for points and we are in a good position to score."

Williams-Toyota team-mate Alex Wurz, meanwhile, was rather less fortunate, left down in 18th position after again failing to break out of Q3, and frustrated at having missed out on the chance to start higher up by the slimmest of margins.

"If you ignore the fact I went out in the first round and I'm in 18th place, I'm actually much closer to my team-mate here than I've been at other races and was only a tenth away from making it into Q2," the Austrian lamented. "I had a clean run and made no mistakes. I had a bit of a balance issue in the last sector, but other guys were suffering with that as well. I'm disappointed of course, but I have to keep a cool head going forward into the race."

"It was a disappointing session for Alex not to get through from Q1," confirmed technical director Sam Michael. "It looked like he had the speed but he didn't manage to hook up the sectors.

"Nico was going well and should have been good for a higher grid position. Unfortunately he had a problem with the electronics on his timed lap going into turn 15 and lost a lot of time, but we'll look into that and find out what the problem was."



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