Nico Rosberg was left frustrated after narrowly missing out on pole position for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The German driver finished second in today’s qualifying session at the Shanghai International Circuit, losing out to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.042 seconds in the fight for pole.
Speaking to NBCSN following the session, Rosberg made no secret of his annoyance, explaining the tiny factors that caused him to lose the small amount of time.
“It’s a tiny thing, just going on the throttle a bit too much and getting a bit of a snap, and then having to go off the throttle again, or anything as such,” Rosberg explained. “It’s small things that make a difference.
“It’s very frustrating, definitely yes. It makes a big difference, starting first or second. Four-hundredths makes such a big impact, but there we go.”
Rosberg is now hoping to use his strategy to out-think Hamilton at a circuit where tire management is crucial.
“That’s the situation for me now and I’m still confident for tomorrow,” Rosberg said. “I’ve focused on race pace with my set up and I know that tires will be the decisive factor tomorrow.
“So I will be aiming to put a lot of pressure on Lewis ahead of me.”
The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30a ET on Sunday.