Rosberg expecting straight fight with Hamilton

By on Saturday, June 7, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg is expecting the fight for victory in the Canadian Grand Prix to be solely with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg claimed pole position in Canada, less than a tenth in front of Hamilton but over half a second clear of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes has claimed every pole and win so far in 2014, but while Hamilton was quick to assert that Mercedes faces a challenge from Red Bull, Rosberg believes it will be between him and the Brit.

"I expect it to be between the two of us but there could be surprises so we have to make sure we can push," he said. [But] I think we have enough of a gap in race pace."

Rosberg thinks that securing pole position is crucial due to the relative lack of overtaking opportunities at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"It's been a great weekend so far and I'm really pleased with how I have been able to improve my set-up from session to session," he said.

"Even before qualifying we made some quite big changes and they worked out perfectly. So I am very happy with starting from pole tomorrow. That was very important as there aren't many opportunities to overtake here, particularly if you are in the same car."

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