Rosberg downplays advantage over Ferrari

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016
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Nico Rosberg downplayed his advantage over the chasing pack during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, pointing to mistakes made by Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg trailed Raikkonen after the first runs in Q3 but improved on his second lap to finish over half a second clear of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Raikkonen did not improve on his last lap while Vettel made a couple of errors en-route to fourth, and Rosberg reckons his advantage over the Ferrari drivers is not representative of their true pace.

"It's great to have my first pole of the year," he said.

"It's always best to be able to start your race from the front and I'm very happy to have that opportunity again.

"I made a few mistakes on my first effort in Q3 but my final lap was pretty good.

"Saying that, Kimi said he made a mistake on his last lap, so with that in consideration I don't believe the gap is as big as it seemed on the timesheet today.

"On Friday the Ferraris were on the same level as us, so we must be prepared for a strong challenge from the red cars."

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