Rosberg: Narrow defeat to Hamilton in qualifying ‘annoying’

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Nico Rosberg was disappointed to have missed out on pole position for the British Grand Prix by just one-tenth of a second in qualifying on Saturday, calling his defeat to Lewis Hamilton “annoying”.

Rosberg’s initial flying lap in Q3 was 0.113 seconds shy of Hamilton’s, and he was unable to improve on his second run due to a change in track conditions.

The German driver radioed Mercedes after the session had finished to inform them of an issue on his left front tire that had caused him to suffer from some understeer on his final lap.

Speaking after the session, Rosberg admitted that he was disappointed to have missed out on pole position, but was full of praise for the British fans who had come out to see qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone.

“First of all, the first lap was really good so there’s not much to say about that,” Rosberg said. “Lewis was just one-tenth quicker, which is annoying but that’s the way it is.

“Other than that, really awesome to see how many people have come today. Out in the grandstands, it’s incredible, it’s a full house already more or less today. That’s really great to see how enthusiastic everyone is in this country about our sport.

“The last run, not many improved on that run. Something wrong with my left front so I had big understeer, something very wrong. We need to look into what it was.”

Rosberg currently trails Hamilton by ten points at the top of the drivers’ championship, but would close on the Briton if he can claim his fourth victory of the year at Silverstone on Sunday.

However, with Hamilton enjoying the support of his home crowd, the German may face a tough task to beat his teammate in the race.

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.