Nico Rosberg: “something was very wrong” in Q3

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Nico Rosberg said he was beaten by team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix because “something was very wrong” with his Mercedes.

The German lost out to Hamilton by just over a tenth of a second after neither driver improved on their second runs in the final part of qualifying.

While Rosberg conceded Hamilton had done a better job on their first flying laps he felt “big understeer” on his W06 hampered his own attempt at the end.

“The last run was something strange, nobody improved, or not many at least,” he said.
“There was something wrong with my left front – something was very wrong, we need to look into what it is.

“The first lap was really good, not much to say – Lewis was quicker, which is annoying, but [there is] not much you can do.

“Today it was all to play for in the second run. The chance was there because it was so close.”

Hamilton said clinching a third pole position for his home grand prix was a breakthrough after trailing his team-mate on Friday.

The Briton, who briefly thought he had lost out to Rosberg when he aborted his second flying lap in qualifying, said he was “incredibly happy” to be starting the race from first on the grid.

“It’s a special day, it’s always special when you get pole on your home turf,” he said. “It’s been a bit up and down so far this weekend in terms of set-up and going into qualifying I made a change to the car that was not spectacular for one lap in qualifying but should be good for the race.

“It made the races a lot harder last year to get past Nico to win – I did, but it was harder. So that [getting pole] was a focal point.

“The support has been incredible every year. You know so many people spend a fortune coming here, and they are there to support you.

“You want to make sure you put the icing on top of the cake.”


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