Rosberg annoyed by qualifying performance

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg admitted he was annoyed with his own performance as he missed out on a front row slot for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Rosberg trailed team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a wet qualifying session and was ultimately bumped down to third place by a late lap from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

"I just didn’t drive well enough," he said. "I’m annoyed by that. Third place is not good for tomorrow, but that’s the way it is.

"It was quite interesting conditions out there, because there was so much grip it was unbelievable. I’ve seldom had so much grip in wet conditions, so it was very unusual.

"It was good to drive but not quick enough. For tomorrow, third place, it’s on the clean side of the grid, so maybe… or that should definitely help me to get by Sebastian tomorrow in the start."

Pole sitter Hamilton said he was pleased that his first lap in Q3 was rapid enough for pole position.

"I think the first lap was quite good," he said. "It’s always quite good because you go out and none of us have driven this weekend in the wet, so the first lap is always kind of just the unknown.

"You don’t want to take too much risk so that you don’t get the lap but you need a banker. My lap was feeling pretty good. I was pushing. And then the next one was up at one stage but just lost a little bit on the lap but generally a fantastic job for the team to have us both up here again."


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