Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his annoyance after qualifying in third place for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, finishing behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.
A thunderstorm midway through Q2 caused a lengthy delay and left the track wet for the final part of qualifying.
Having completed no wet running over the winter, this was the first chance for the drivers to sample their cars in rainy conditions, creating a lot of guesswork for the top ten in Q3.
Despite the track conditions improving towards the end of the session, Rosberg was unable to better his initial banker lap time, leaving him third behind Hamilton and Vettel.
This marks the first time in the last ten races that the front row has not comprised of both Mercedes drivers, and Rosberg was far from pleased about it.
“I just didn’t drive well enough,” Rosberg admitted. “I’m annoyed by that. Third place is not good for us tomorrow, but that’s the way it is.
“It was quite an interesting conditions out there, because there was so much grip it was unbelievable. I’ve seldom had so much grip in wet conditions, it was very unusual. It was good to drive, but not quick enough.
“Third place, it’s on the clean side of the grid, so that should definitely help me to get by Sebastian at the start.”
Rosberg will be hoping to strike back on Sunday after appearing to enter the new season without the same momentum as his teammate. Hamilton has lost to Rosberg in the race just once since the 2014 summer break, and once again in qualifying showed that he has the upper hand in the early stages of the new season.
The Malaysian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2:30a ET tomorrow.