Rosberg happy to be “best of the rest” in qualifying

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Nico Rosberg is pleased to have qualified on the front row for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix, believing that compatriot Sebastian Vettel was out of reach in the battle for pole position on Saturday.

Rosberg’s time of 1:24.871 was good enough to secure himself second place on the grid even if it was over three-quarters of a second slower than pole-sitter Vettel. Nevertheless, the Mercedes driver is pleased with his performance and the improvements that had been made following practice.

“We have tried a lot of different things in the practice sessions this weekend to try and find an extra one or two tenths and I found a good set-up with my guys so I’m happy with our work so far,” Rosberg said. “I just wanted to qualify ‘best of the rest’ today so I’m really happy with second place and starting on the front row.”

However, with a variety of starting strategies in place for the race tomorrow, Rosberg acknowledged that he has a fight on his hands to stay ahead of Mark Webber who qualified in fourth despite opting to start on the slower tire.

“The race will be tough against Mark tomorrow, though, as he has the quicker car and is on a different strategy, but we’ll give it our all,” Rosberg explained. “For our team, the most important thing is to score as many points as possible so we can secure second place in the constructors’ championship at the end of the year.”

Mercedes currently trail Ferrari by ten points in the constructors’ championship.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.