Nico Rosberg hopes that he can take advantage of the new start rules in Formula 1 after failing to put up much of a fight to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Hamilton stormed to his tenth pole position of the 2015 season by almost half a second as Rosberg struggled to contend with the pace of his championship rival.
The German driver will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from second place on the grid, and made no secret of his disappointment in the post-qualifying press conference.
“Yeah, for sure, [I’m] disappointed,” Rosberg said. “I lost a bit this morning in free practice, we went the wrong way, but then came back really nicely though.
“I had a good balance in qualifying so I was happy with that, good team effort, thanks for that [I] got my balance back so I could push well.
“And yeah, Lewis was too quick at the end. Just found quite a lot extra that I didn’t have in my pocket, so that’s it. So of course, disappointing.”
Rosberg believes that he can take advantage of the new start rules in F1 that have come into force for this weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Drivers will be unable to get feedback on their practice starts from engineers, nor will they be able to change the bite point on their clutch before the beginning of the race.
After seeing Hamilton make a poor getaway in both of the last two races, Rosberg hopes that this new rule could give him the opportunity to jump his teammate off the line.
“With the new start situation where we’re having to do everything ourselves now, there’s a lot more opportunity tomorrow,” Rosberg said.
“At the start and the run down to turn five, here it’s possible to overtake. We’ve seen that many, many times, so my hopes are for sure still high.”
The Belgian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.