MONTMELO – Nico Rosberg was delighted to clinch his first pole position of the 2015 Formula 1 season during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, calling it a “step in the right direction” to getting his title challenge back on track.
Rosberg had not beaten Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying coming into the race weekend, but ended his teammate’s pole position streak with a scintillating display in the final part of Saturday’s session.
Currently trailing Hamilton by 27 points at the top of the championship, Rosberg felt that pole in Spain was a good step towards getting his title bid back on track in 2015.
“Well of course I needed it sooner rather than later, that is for sure,” Rosberg said. “It is one step in the right direction to winning the race here this weekend. It was a good day in the office, for sure.”
Rosberg missed out on pole position at the last race in Bahrain after failing to get into a right rhythm in Q2, but made sure that he got comfortable with pushing the car early on in Spain to avoid the same mistake.
“For sure Bahrain was still in my mind,” Rosberg admitted. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t do that mistake again. I got myself in the rhythm in Q2 and it worked out really well for me today.
“It is just important for tomorrow’s race because it is better to start first than second. That is obvious. It feels great, I am happy, it is good for tomorrow.”
Despite being under pressure to end his losing streak and beat Hamilton on a Sunday for the first time in 2015 tomorrow, Rosberg won’t be changing his mindset for the race.
“No difference, same thing,” Rosberg said. “Try and go for it of course and go for the best possible result.
“Starting from first and with the car I have is going to be trying to go for the win, that is for sure. Take the advantage from the start and that is it.”