Nico Rosberg’s quotes after qualifying – Malaysian Grand Prix 2015

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Lewis P1, Nico P3 in dramatic qualifying session in Sepang

Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis and Nico take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix

  • Pole for Lewis today marks his 40th P1 grid slot in Formula One, his 14th for the Silver Arrows and third at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • The result also marks the 250th front row start for Mercedes-Benz Power in Formula One.
  • Both drivers successfully cleared the dry Q1 session with a single run on option tyres, with heavy rain early in Q2 bringing a delay of more than 30mins to proceedings.
  • A dramatic top ten showdown in drying conditions then saw Lewis edge Sebastian Vettel into P2 by under a tenth, with Nico a fraction shy in P3.

Nico Rosberg: Two other guys just did a better job, so it was a bit annoying for me today. Lewis did well and especially Sebastian, who was surprising in the Ferrari, so hats off for him. But I think I have a good chance tomorrow at the start as I will be on the clean side of the grid. I will try to attack Seb off the line and then there are some good opportunities also to
catch Lewis. This race will be very demanding on the tyres so we will maybe see three pit stops and there is always a chance of taking a different strategy. So I very much look forward to the race. I will push hard.

Toto Wolff: After a smooth Q1, it proved pretty difficult to get the lap right in Q2 and Q3 because of the conditions. In Q3, we did a one-lap run with both drivers, then planned to do the time on the second lap of the final run when the track would have been driest. But in hindsight, the tyres were past their best and we were lucky that Lewis’s time from the first run was enough to get pole. So in the circumstances, to get P1 for Lewis and P3 for Nico is a good result. But as always, you get no points on Saturday. We need to make the most out of these starting positions in what will be a long and demanding race.

Paddy Lowe: Wet qualifying sessions are always very difficult to manage. You can easily make big mistakes that cost you badly. We ran a good strategy at the various stages of qualifying but surprisingly the track did not improve through Q3. Lewis got his pole position in the first run and while Nico did improve, neither got the best out of their car in that second run. I
think we could have claimed the first row with a slightly different plan but we are really happy that we have two cars in good positions to compete for a strong race result tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton1:39.269 P1 1:41.517 P8 1:49.834 P1
Nico Rosberg 1:39.374 P2 1:39.377 P1 1:50.299 P3


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