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.