Nico Rosberg has set his sights on cutting into Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead in tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix after both Mercedes drivers endured a difficult qualifying session on Saturday night.
Neither Hamilton nor Rosberg could contend with the pace displayed by Ferrari and Red Bull at the front of the field as they locked out the top four positions on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Sebastian Vettel ended a three-year long pole drought for Ferrari, finishing half a second clear of former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in second place. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat followed their teammates in P3 and P4 respectively.
This left Hamilton and Rosberg down in fifth and sixth at the end of Q3, finishing over 1.4 seconds behind Vettel at the very front of the field.
“The pace of the Ferrari is very impressive, starting from P6 is really frustrating,” Rosberg said after the session. “I had no grip in the corners, which was very strange, but there is a lot to play for tomorrow.”
Rosberg is now focusing on beating Hamilton and capitalizing on Mercedes’ struggles to aid his own title bid.
“I will work on overtaking Lewis, it’s very important for me to finish ahead of him,” the German said.
“It seems that the front runners are also much quicker on high fuel from what we have seen on Friday. I tried a few things on the set up, but we didn’t really find out why we are so slow this weekend.
“It’s strange, until now we were quick on every track. But coming now to Singapore and seeing the difference to the quickest cars, is really not good.”
The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.