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.