Nico Rosberg did all he could under the lights in Q3 to secure the pole position for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, but came up just short.
Still, a 1:29.570 lap time was nothing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver and Australian Grand Prix winner to scoff at as he dipped under the 1:30s barrier, narrowly falling short of both pole and the previous fastest lap at Bahrain International Circuit set by Mark Webber in 2005.
“I think Lewis just did a great lap in the end!” Rosberg said post-qualifying, in tipping his cap to teammate and pole winner Lewis Hamilton, who clocked a 1:29.493 to beat him.
“My lap felt good, and I was actually sure I’d be on pole. But that wasn’t the case, so there we go, that’s the way it is.”
Rosberg, who won from second in Melbourne, wasn’t too downbeat afterwards. He thinks he can take the fight to Hamilton.
“This is a track I think where pole counts least because a lot of things can happen in the race, and strategy and everything tomorrow is quite messy maybe. There’s still a lot of opportunities,” he explained.
Rosberg’s traditionally done well in Bahrain, although he’s yet to win.
Past results there include a seventh (with fastest lap) on his debut in 2006 with Williams, then 10th, eighth, ninth, fifth, fifth, ninth, second and third.