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Nico Rosberg Q&A: Hamilton's pole time was a surprise 29 Jun 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 (L to R): Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 at the autograph session.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference.,
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mercedes seem to be going from strength to strength of late and it’s no surprise that after another front-row lockout for the team in qualifying at Silverstone, Nico Rosberg is in confident mood for Sunday’s race - even if he did admit his shock in being beaten to pole by almost half a second by team mate Lewis Hamilton…

Q: P1 and P2 is a great result for Mercedes in today’s qualifying. What expectations do the team now have for the race?
Nico Rosberg:
It is a fantastic feeling for us to achieve this result, also knowing that I have a car that is able to make the pole position as well. On top of this, we see that we have the right development rate as well compared to other teams as we manage to stay at the top from one race to the other. This is already big progress looking back to last year. For sure we know that the race itself is still a bit of our weakness, where other teams are better, but we do are also improving our performance on the Sundays. Just thinking back now to the Barcelona race, where I was on pole, for some reason I had a bad feeling on the race day itself, but then in the end it wasn’t that bad of a result. So this makes me more and more confident that we will be able to get decent results on the race day as well, and hopefully also tomorrow.

Q: Your team mate Lewis Hamilton is on pole. Where do you think that he did a better job today?
NR:
I think he just had a brilliant lap. My fastest lap was good too, but I will have to have a closer look at the footage and data to see where I lost the time. Looking at the result I have to say that our car is very fast, although the driving felt a bit nervous which made it more difficult to find the right set-up.

Q: Were you surprised to hear that Lewis was over four-tenths faster?
NR:
Yes, when I was told his time I was surprised. But for sure it was not only me!

Q: So what will be your biggest concern for tomorrow’s race then?
NR:
For us it is still the tyre management, as we will also have to deal with the degradation here at Silverstone. So we will see if we can handle the tyres also on the long distance of the race. Today we saw that Sergio Perez had a substantial issue with one tyre, which for sure has to be looked at closer. Then again this race is totally different than the ones in Monaco or Montreal, so there is still a good chance for us to be able to deliver a good result, especially as our runs with high fuel have been promising.

Q: Is it helping you that Silverstone is one of the easiest circuits in terms of braking?
NR:
Yes, it definitely helps. It has been no secret that braking has been something of an issue this year. So we have made a step in the right direction this weekend - and the characteristic of the track sure play to our advantage.

Q: Front row for Mercedes is great, but how much pressure do you expect to come from behind?
NR:
For sure there will be a lot of pressure, and not only from Red Bull but also from some other teams that we know are very strong on the race day, also with rising temperatures. Just thinking about the Ferraris, although Fernando (Alonso) is only on P10, looking at Montreal we saw that they were the fastest team during the race. So my guess is that we are in for a hot race tomorrow - a good show.

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