Rosberg: Misfortune for rivals makes race easier

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg admits that misfortune for his primary rivals has made his task at the Russian Grand Prix "a little bit easier" but downplayed his advantage.

Rosberg swept to pole position at Sochi as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was troubled by an MGU-H failure, which left the Briton unable to participate in Q3.

Rosberg's path was also aided by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel sustaining a penalty, meaning his compatriot will line-up from seventh position.

"It was really quite an exceptional qualifying for me," Rosberg said after topping qualifying.

"The car came together, the balance was perfect - it was just really good.

"I was focused on myself, and it felt awesome. Others have definitely been extremely unfortunate today, and that makes my race a little bit easier tomorrow, but an F1 race is never easy.

"The opposition is still there, so I still need to keep focused and get the job done. I haven't thought too much about tomorrow, but the way the grid is, it does help me out a lot for sure."

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