Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton expressed their happiness after qualifying in second and third place for the Indian Grand Prix.
Rosberg set the second fastest time, 0.7s down on pole sitter Sebastian Vettel.
“We have tried a lot of different things in the practice sessions this weekend to try and find an extra one or two tenths and I found a good set-up with my guys so I’m happy with our work so far,” he said.
“I just wanted to qualify ‘best of the rest’ today so I’m really happy with second place and starting on the front row. The race will be tough against Mark [Webber] tomorrow, though, as he has the quicker car and is on a different strategy, but we’ll give it our all. For our team, the most important thing is to score as many points as possible so we can secure second place in the Constructors’ Championship at the end of the year.”
Hamilton will start from third and admits that the option tyres on which he qualified will not last long.
“I’m pleased with third place today as it’s been a tough weekend to get the car set up and squeeze as much performance as possible from it,” he said.
“The team have done a great job to make progress since Friday and I’m delighted for everyone to see both Nico and I in the top three today. It was a good lap although I lost maybe a little bit of time at the last corner.”
“Of course, tomorrow is what counts and the race will be difficult with the different strategies and tyre choices. We’ll hope for a good start, get rid of the softs early and then focus on pushing as hard as we can on the primes.”