Nico Rosberg believes that a wet grand prix could in fact work in Mercedes’ favor as he looks to regain the lead of the 2014 Formula 1 drivers’ championship in Japan this weekend.
The German driver currently trails teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton by three points in the standings, but gave himself a great chance of recovering the lead by securing pole position at Suzuka today.
“That was one of the best qualifying sessions we did this year,” Rosberg said after the session. “The team did an incredible job to give me a brilliant car.
“It was so enjoyable to drive this wonderful track with that Silver Arrow. The balance was perfect, so I was able to push a lot and go to the limits in the corners. It’s always a great battle against Lewis; we push each other very much through the sessions.”
Tomorrow’s race is set to be affected by torrential rain thanks to the incoming Typhoon Phanfone, which was upgraded to ‘super typhoon’ status today. However, Rosberg feels that wet weather could actually aid Mercedes’ cause in Japan.
“I’m prepared as I can be – we are expecting it to be wet,” he said. “The last experience we have in the wet is Spa, where our car was really quick so we’re optimistic even if it rains, it could be even better for us.
“For sure, the more windy it is, the more difficult it is because the cars are more sensitive to wind, but it will be fine.”
You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN from 1:30am ET tomorrow.