Rosberg wary of Hamilton despite Q3 off

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

European Grand Prix pole sitter Nico Rosberg says he is wary of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, despite the Briton's struggles during qualifying at the Baku City Circuit.

Hamilton had three off-track excursions during the session before a fourth error at Turn 10 caused damage to his W07 Hybrid, leaving him in 10th place on the grid.

Rosberg went on to claim pole position, his third of the campaign, but remains aware that Hamilton can mount a comeback from the lower end of the top 10.

"In Q3, Lewis went down the escape road in front of me on his first run, so I had to back down and abort that lap," Rosberg explained.

"I therefore only had one quick lap at the end - but I got it all together and felt pretty confident that it was enough to get pole after I heard that Lewis was out.

"It's a great feeling to start from P1 as I have the best chance for tomorrow.

"It's a very demanding track here and you are not allowed to make a single mistake, so it will be a long race with a lot of things going on.

"I expect a fast comeback from Lewis even though he's starting P10, as we have seen recently that he's finished P2 even coming from the back."

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