Rosberg wary of tyre degradation

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Bahrain Grand Prix pole sitter Nico Rosberg concedes that Mercedes will still need to be careful of tyre wear during Sunday's race, despite the apparent advantage of the championship leaders.

Rosberg edged out team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim his first pole position of 2014 under the lights in Bahrain.

"It's fantastic to be on pole again here in Bahrain," he said. "I really enjoy the track and I won my GP2 Series title here so it has some pretty special memories for me.

"We've had a good weekend so far and I've been able improve my pace throughout the practice sessions so I was hoping for a strong qualifying. It's so difficult to get everything completely right with all the new technology and set-up requirements on the car but I felt really comfortable this evening and was able to put some great laps together.

"I'm looking forward to the race as I had a good run on high fuel but we're going to need to be careful with tyre degradation."

Team-mate Hamilton will start alongside Rosberg on the front row but admits the W05 felt better during the three practice sessions than in qualifying.

"I made a mistake on my last lap which was a shame but it's great for the team to have both cars on the front row," he said.

"They've done a fantastic job this weekend with the set-up simulations and we did a lot of testing here before the season started which has helped. The car has felt good so far but I definitely felt more comfortable in practice than I did this evening in qualifying. I'm not really sure why but we'll have a good look at the data tonight and see if there is anything we can identify before the race tomorrow."


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