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Nico Rosberg Q&A: Pole was possible in dry 23 Mar 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 23 March 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04,
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 23 March 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 23 March 2013

Nico Rosberg failed to make the best of Saturday’s changeable conditions at Sepang, leaving the Mercedes driver in philosophical mood about his sixth-place grid slot. Had it stayed dry in qualifying, Rosberg believes pole may have been possible. Nonetheless, with an ‘excellent’ car beneath him, the German is optimistic for Sunday’s race...

Q: Nico, it all looked a bit like a lottery this afternoon. How did you see it?
Nico Rosberg:
It worked all so well until the rain set in. Some corners were dry, some quite wet, and our strategy didn’t work out so well. Some pitted, as in dry conditions the tyres are immediately gone, but as there was a big question mark as to whether it would rain again we decided to stay out - and this decision was not good. The right thing to do would have been to pit and get a new set of intermediates. But that is history now.

Q: Last time in Melbourne the strategy worked well, so why not here?
NR:
Ah, the strategy at the start of the qualifying was very good, but then the tyres were losing and we didn’t take the decision to pit.

Q: Starting from P6 isn’t all that bad. Did you hope for something better?
NR:
Before qualifying I wasn’t thinking about grid positions. During Q1 and Q2 I thought that I could make it to pole position as everything went super in the dry, but then it started to rain and unfortunately we didn’t make the best out of the situation.

Q: So what are you hoping for tomorrow?
NR:
First and foremost I know that I have an excellent car and as we have learned from Melbourne that qualifying is not so significant - P7 won the race there - I would say that everything is possible tomorrow.

Q: You look all wet - is that from the rain or simply sweating? Can you describe how it feels to be in the cockpit under such conditions?
NR:
It is sweat. How is it in such conditions? Put on your skiing outfit and go to the sauna. Is that enough of a picture? (laughs)

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