Pole-sitter Rosberg expecting a difficult race

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Nico Rosberg may have stormed to pole position in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix but he is not expecting an easy race tomorrow. The German driver has started on pole for the last two races, yet he has failed to finish any higher than P6 on Sunday. Therefore, he is not confident that this bad streak can be ended this weekend.

“I’m just very happy starting first,” Rosberg said in the post-qualifying press conference. “In Barcelona we were still struggling a lot in the race, I was seventy seconds behind the race winner by the end of the race. We’re improving, it’s difficult to understand the tires and get the most out of it. We’re improving step by step but there are still a lot of question marks remaining.”

Rosberg was however sure that the team has progressed since the last race, suggesting that a more positive result could be on the cards.

“Here I’m sure we’ve made a step forward but it’s still going to be difficult for us tomorrow, definitely. It’s still our weakness, but we can make the best of it and, who knows, you can always have a few surprises.”

Mercedes will be delighted to have locked out the front row once again, but their record so far in 2013 suggests that this form will not translate to a good race on Sunday. However, with overtaking hard to come by in Monaco, this race may present their best chance of winning a race in 2013, and the German marque will be keen on setting the record straight.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.