Nico Rosberg is slowly approaching a near-perfect week after securing pole position for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim today.
Since the British Grand Prix, Nico has got married, seen Germany win the FIFA World Cup and signed a new long-term contract with Mercedes, and winning his home race for the first time would undoubtedly cap off an incredible month so far.
He took a big step towards doing so today by securing pole position for the race, but he did not have to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton after the Briton crashed hard during Q1 on Saturday. His championship rival will start down in 15th position, but Rosberg knows that the job is only half done.
“To get pole is fantastic,” Rosberg said after the session. “Of course, I would have preferred if it was an open fight with Lewis, a little bit less happier with the result because Lewis didn’t have a shot at it again.
“All in all, yeah, fantastic week up to now, but no points for today. The points is just tomorrow, so still a long way to go, but it’s a good start.”
Hamilton suffered a front-right brake failure, causing him to spear into the wall at turn eleven. As the two Mercedes drivers run with different brake systems, Rosberg was not affected by the issue.
“No, I don’t really know the details about the car,” said Nico when asked about Lewis. “There wasn’t anything that applied to my car. From that point of view, I was comfortable to keep on pushing.
“For tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a bit colder, which should make it easier on the tires because these tires are very very soft, so degradation is high.”
Rosberg now has a golden opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the championship, and perhaps make up for his retirement last time out at the British Grand Prix.