Nico Rosberg hopes to make the most of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s start-line woes in 2016 in tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix as he goes in search of an eighth consecutive Formula 1 victory.
Rosberg arrived in Spain on Thursday leading the drivers’ championship by 43 points, having claimed four wins in the first four races of the season.
However, he was forced to settle for second place in Saturday’s qualifying session as Hamilton stormed to pole position by three-tenths of a second.
Rosberg conceded that Hamilton had done a better job than him in qualifying, but immediately turned his attention to the race.
“Lewis did the better job today but tomorrow is when it really counts,” Rosberg said.
“There is a big opportunity for me at the beginning: I had some good starts this year and Lewis hasn’t led into the first corner this season so far. Maybe in the race there will be an opportunity.
“Tire usage will also play a factor and the right strategy will be crucial. So I’m expecting a pretty interesting race and I’m looking forward to the battle.
“We need to keep eye on Red Bull as well, as they are surprisingly stronger than Ferrari here.”
While Hamilton made poor starts in Australia and Bahrain, he has in fact made up positions at the opening corner in the last two races.
The Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET on Sunday.