Rosberg: Qualifying key in loss to Hamilton in Canada

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Nico Rosberg has explained how his defeat in qualifying in Montreal laid the foundations for a frustrating second place finish in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Rosberg was only able to qualify second on Saturday after failing to find enough grip with his tires in Q3, leaving him three-tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton in the final classification.

Despite making a good start in the race on Sunday, Rosberg was unable to pass Hamilton into the first corner, and was resigned to spending most of the race close behind his teammate without being able to make a pass.

Speaking after the race, Rosberg explained how he had been pushing hard to catch Hamilton, but the Briton had simply been too quick.

“It was a good race against Lewis, I was pushing like mad to try and put the pressure on but he didn’t make any mistakes so fair play,” Rosberg said.

“It was a challenging race, yeah, because we had to manage fuel, brakes, all these things. It was a good race, unfortunately I couldn’t quite make it happen, but second place, still okay.”

When asked what the deciding factor was in his defeat in the race on Sunday, Rosberg admitted that the race had really been lost in qualifying.

“It was just a tiny bit that I lost out in qualifying in the end because the race pace was there,” the German said.

“Just the qualifying position that makes that big difference. That’s what I need to try and make happen next time, and that’s it.”

Now facing a 17 point deficit to Hamilton at the top of the standings, Rosberg will be hoping to hit back when F1 returns to Europe in two weeks’ time for the Austrian Grand Prix.