Rosberg upbeat despite missing pole

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg remains confident that he can fight for victory at the Canadian Grand Prix despite missing out on pole position to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg trailed Hamilton by 0.062s after the first set of runs in Q3 before he locked up into Turn 1 on his second effort, scuppering his lap in the process.

Rosberg is nonetheless sure that he is in the mix for overall honours at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"Even if I just missed out on pole, the front row is still a good position to start the race tomorrow," he said.

"Today, Lewis was just a little bit quicker on the first flying lap, so I gave it an extra push on the second run to close the gap - but I got it wrong and had a lockup at the first corner.

"With no time for a second lap, that was the chance gone. Nevertheless, there will be a few opportunities to overtake Lewis in the race.

"I've made some good starts recently which is a positive - and also with tyre strategy it could be worth trying something different."

Rosberg currently holds a 24 point advantage over Hamilton in the championship standings.

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