Rosberg elated by eighth 2014 pole

By on Saturday, October 4, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg expressed his elation after securing his eighth pole position of 2014 at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rosberg topped the times in Q3 to set a time of 1:32.506, almost two-tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"That was one of the best qualifying sessions we did this year," he said. "The team did an incredible job to give me a brilliant car.

"The balance was perfect, so I was able to push a lot and go to the limits in the corners. It's always a great battle against Lewis; we push each other very much through the sessions. Sometime he finds a tenth there, then I find a tenth here. That's why I enjoy the situation so much.

"For tomorrow I think we are well prepared. Even in the wet our car is very quick as we have seen in Spa [qualifying] this year."

Hamilton, who crashed out of the third practice session earlier on Saturday, admitted he just lacked pace.

"I feel good but I just wasn't quick enough today," he said.

"Nico did a great job, he looked very quick, particularly in Turn Eight, but I don't feel like I've quite had the pace all weekend. I'm still second and we've seen races where we've come back from further than that, so I'm excited for tomorrow. I've heard there's some rain coming, it's going to make it very hard but it makes it more of a lottery."

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