Nico Rosberg was quick to admit that he enjoyed a less than perfect qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, falling well short of teammate Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time.
Rosberg was forced to settle for second place on the grid after finishing six-tenths of a second shy of Hamilton at the top of the timesheets, giving the early edge to the defending world champion.
After the session, Rosberg admitted that he had failed to get a perfect lap together in qualifying, but did not want to take anything away from Hamilton’s pole position time.
“The story was that, first of all, Lewis was on impressive form today and an awesome job, nailed it all the time,” Rosberg said. “For me, the speed was there, but I just didn’t get it together today.
“It wasn’t a great day today, but of course I’m really, really thankful to the team for the car that they have given me. That really is a pleasure to drive, and a pleasure to be in this situation with the team. That’s really great to see where we are again now, leading the pack.
“So P2, I have to live with that today, but there’s still a long day tomorrow. We’ll still have all the chances.”
You can watch the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg unfold at the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30a ET tomorrow.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.