Rosberg wanted 'open fight' with Hamilton

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

A pleased Nico Rosberg says that his enthusiasm at having claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix was tempered by a brake failure for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton suffered the failure during the first knockout segment of qualifying and will start from 15th on the grid, while Rosberg will lead the pack away from top spot.

"To be on pole at my home race is fantastic," said Rosberg.

"Of course we'd prefer an open fight with Lewis. I'm a little bit less happy as a result as Lewis didn't have a shot at the end, but it's still a fantastic day."

"I had a difficult start because I didn't really feel comfortable with the balance in the braking zones but that gradually improved through the sessions. The quickest lap at the end was really a good one."

Rosberg said that he had no worries about the state of his brakes as he and Hamilton use different suppliers.

"We run two different brakes between us, so the problem he had didn't apply to my car as a result," he said. "I don't know the details about the other car. I was comfortable to keep pushing."

Hamilton said that he will try and repeat his performance from Silverstone, where he won after starting from sixth on the grid.

"I braked in the same place as I have been doing and I suddenly lost brake pressure - it took me by surprise and the failure spun the car into the wall," he said.

"It wasn't a great feeling when that happened, you just have to take your hands off the wheel and brace for the impact, but thankfully I'm okay. My legs are a little bruised but I will be fine to race tomorrow.

"We'll give it everything, hope for a slice of luck and aim for a recovery like I made at Silverstone. It's definitely going to be a tough afternoon but I won't be giving up."

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