Rosberg satisfied by Mercedes recovery

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg says Mercedes has recovered strongly following its difficult showing at the Singapore Grand Prix, after the German claimed pole position in Japan.

Rosberg beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot at Suzuka, a week after the pair were limited to the third row of the grid.

"I'm very happy, it's a great day today, a good comeback also for the team after such a difficult race in Singapore, to be back to our usual strength today, with such a strong performance from the team, a great car, I'm very thankful for that," Rosberg said after securing his second pole of 2015.

"We turned things around optimised everything for this track and for me I pretty much nailed my laps today so I'm pleased with the way it went and it's a great position for tomorrow."

Hamilton was only 0.076s behind Rosberg following a mistake at the hairpin but was denied a second flying lap in Q3 following Daniil Kvyat's huge crash.

"It doesn’t really matter but the second lap was looking good," he said. "[On the] first lap I lost a bit of time I think it was Turn 11 and I think in the last corner. Nico’s driving pretty well this weekend but I definitely felt pretty good on that last lap."

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