Nico Rosberg was left frustrated following qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday as a lack of grip in the final Q3 shootout gave him little chance of claiming his second pole position of the season.
Rosberg had matched the pace of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton throughout Saturday’s sessions ahead of Q3, but finished some three-tenths of a second down in the final stage of qualifying.
The German driver immediately made his annoyance clear over the radio, saying: “What a rubbish end to qualifying!”
After the session, Rosberg was more explanatory, but still remained unsure why he had such little grip in Q3.
“I had a good start to the qualifying sessions and found a nice rhythm between the walls,” Rosberg said.
“But then I had a really bad Q3 and I still don’t know why. I didn’t have the grip like I had before with the last two sets of tires – it was suddenly gone.
“It’s very strange and that was really disappointing for me. But tomorrow is a long and difficult race and there are opportunities to overtake, so I’m looking ahead in a very positive way.”
Rosberg heads into the race weekend chasing a third straight victory for the first time in his F1 career, but with Hamilton starting from pole and boasting such a good record in Canada, the odds are against the German driver.
The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm on Sunday, with F1 Countdown kicking off the coverage on NBCSN at 1:30pm ET.