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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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