Elated Rosberg cautious over tyre wear

By on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg expressed his delight after taking pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rosberg claimed pole for the second successive race, edging out team-mate Lewis Hamilton by two tenths of a second.

"It's a great feeling to be on pole again. So far this weekend has been very positive and it's a pleasure to see that the team is improving and fighting through the problems together."

The German added a note of caution, having slipped to ninth place in Bahrain three weeks ago.

"However, we know that this is only half of the job completed and have the painful memory of what happened in Bahrain to prove that. We've worked very hard on our race pace but this track is tough for the tyres, particularly with graining. So it will be a big challenge tomorrow and our goal is to make the most of the opportunity we have from starting at the front and get a strong result for the team."

Hamilton admits he has struggled this weekend.

"I've not been totally happy with the balance of my car all weekend, even today, so we need to look at it this evening and see what we can do for the race".

"Limiting the degradation is going to be my major challenge as the general pace isn't too bad. It's going to be tough to keep these positions tomorrow but we'll give it our best shot."


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