It is proof of Mercedes’ devastating form at the beginning of the 2014 Formula 1 season that fourth place was considered to be disappointing for Nico Rosberg in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix today. Whilst teammate Lewis Hamilton stormed through the spray to claim pole position, the German driver lost his final two efforts after making mistakes in a bid to secure back-to-back poles.
After qualifying, he made no secret of his disappointment when speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton.
“I just wasn’t quick enough today, mainly just struggling with the braking,” Rosberg explained. “That’s why I lost so much in the last sector or so, just because the two biggest braking events are in that last sector, just didn’t feel comfortable with that.
“Other than that, yeah, it was okay, but obviously fourth place is disappointing.”
Rosberg’s first mistake came at the hairpin on his second flying lap during Q3. Having made up time during the first two sectors, a big lock-up at the end of the straight ruined his lap, and forced him to back off and prepare for a final effort. This time around, he improved again, but spun at the final corner.
The German driver will be keen on bouncing back in the race tomorrow as he looks to hold onto his championship lead ahead of Hamilton.