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Nico Rosberg Q&A: Mercedes up for the street fight 21 Sep 2013

Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 21 September 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 21 September 2013 (L to R): Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 21 September 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 20 September 2013

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has had a good weekend in Singapore so far, and believes a good result could be possible in Sunday's race. A good start and a clever strategy will be crucial, as will a bit of 'street fighting' spirit...

Q: Nico, it was really tight in qualifying. Did you think that you'd got pole position when you finished your lap?
Nico Rosberg:
I didn’t know what was going on. I thought that Sebastian (Vettel) was out of reach and I didn’t know that he had already got out of the car before qualifying was over. I had no idea of his time, so the only thing to do was to stay completely focused on doing my thing - and I did a very good lap. I was very pleased with it. Qualifying worked out really well and the team did a fantastic job improving the car over the last two days. Friday was not so nice as we thought we were miles away from Sebastian, but we always seem to progress over the weekend and starting from P2 tomorrow is a good basis to build on.

Q: You’ve shown that you’re one of the best street fighters on the grid after winning Monaco - so what do you expect for tomorrow?
NR:
Yes, 'street fighter'... that’s a good nickname. I think I should keep that. But seriously, our car is good in the race so a lot should be possible for a real street fighter. (laughs)

Q: How crucial will the start be tomorrow?
NR:
It is crucial, of course. Especially at a track like this. I still believe that Sebastian’s car is faster in the race - we’ve seen that on Friday in the long runs - but doing a good start can help your ambitions for a win, even if I have to start from the dirty side (of the grid).

Q: Who else do you have to watch out for tomorrow?
NR:
Behind me, Romain (Grosjean), although I think that his car is slower in race trim than ours.

Q: How important a role will the pit wall play - in terms of adding the perfect strategy to your driving?
NR:
Strategy will be key: how you go about your tyre strategy, which tyre will be best to start or finish the race on.... But at tracks like this or Monaco the strategy always plays a big role - always when overtaking is a bit limited. This is when you say that you win together - and hopefully not lose together.

Q: You were nine-hundredths shy of Sebastian in qualifying. That is less than the blink of an eye…
NR:
Yes, that’s a pity, because squeezing out nine-hundredth is always possible on one lap. But you also don’t feel such a gap, so it is difficult to say that you are so close and that all it takes is a blink of an eye to conquer P1. So in the end I am pleased with my second place.

Q: You’ve won Monaco. Can you pull it off again here?
NR:
My second name is 'street fighter,' so be sure I'll do anything to add another notch to my gun grip! (laughs)

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