The WilliamsF1 team has confirmed that it is currently investigating why Nico Rosberg suffered a 'significant loss of power' in his Toyota-powered FW29 on Saturday during qualifying for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Rosberg will now have to line-up in 17th place on the grid, the first time this season he hasn't made it through Q1 and he knows now that it will be extremely tough to break into the top eight and score points.

"I had a technical problem on the car which lost me a lot of straight line speed, up to 20km/h," he explained, "so the session was disappointing. It was going well this morning, the car was really comfortable and I was looking forward to a good qualifying session.

"From 17th on the grid, it's going to be tough, but we'll try anyway. I have been really on it this weekend and we were expecting to do a lot better today. Let's hope we can get something more out of tomorrow at the team's home race."

Williams technical director Sam Michael conceded that it was frustrating, especially as Rosberg had been fifth quickest in the final practice session this morning. He did take some comfort though from the form of Alex Wurz, in the sister FW29, who will start from 13th.

"After a decent performance in all the practice sessions, that was obviously a pretty disappointing qualifying," Sam summed-up. "Nico's car misfired in Q1, so we are now checking all the wiring looms and electrical boxes to identify and then fix the problem.

"It was good for Alex that he made it into Q2 and 13th though. Looking ahead to the race tomorrow, we will work out a good strategy tonight to allow the drivers to fight from their starting positions."

 

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