Pole For Rosberg At Wet Spa

At a sodden Spa it was Nico Rosberg who smoothly took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix. He beat his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by over two tenths of a second to record his fifth pole of the season.

Rosberg was understandably pleased at attaining pole position at such a historic racing circuit.

“It is fantastic. Now the race should also roll in in the same manner! But to tell the truth it was a challenging afternoon. The track was pretty tricky – even if we were able to run completely on intermediates. It is my first Spa pole, so that is something very special. ”

His team-mate Lewis Hamilton missed out on the pole despite braking issues,  but seemed content in the post-qualifying press conference, using past experience as an example.

“I am not disappointed today,” he said. “If you look previous years P2 is best place to start here. I started from pole here last year and got overtaken by [Sebastian] Vettel.

“I think it gives you the most opportunity at the start – I am happy to be up there.”

Sebastian Vettel will start just behind the Mercedes pairing in third and said what the Red Bull team has been saying for much of the year – that it is the difference in power between the Mercedes and Renault power units that have caused Red Bull to no longer be the leading team.

“The reason we’re behind is fairly simple,” said Vettel. “We know we are down on power.

“Mercedes can run a bit more wing level, they have more downforce and can still take that wing on the straight – it is the reason.

“Hopefully tomorrow we will be closer in race pace and closer than the last couple of races.”

Alonso was happy to qualify on the second row of the grid

Alonso was happy to qualify on the second row of the grid

Fernando Alonso put his Ferrari in a surprise fourth place on the grid, and the Spaniard remarked that his weekend so far has been as good as it gets for him.

“It has been a good surprise,” said Alonso of Ferrari’s pace. “We’ll see how we can finish it tomorrow. Hopefully we take some good points.

“We expected a strong Williams here, but I think the wet masked their true pace a little bit so tomorrow maybe I expect them to be very competitive in the dry.

“I’m in front of the Williams, I’m one second in front of my team-mate, who has won here four times, so definitely it has been a perfect weekend so far.”

Valtteri Bottas said that he and his Williams team could have done better if it had not been for the weather, as he and his team had been expected to qualify higher than sixth and the ninth position which his team-mate Felipe Massa achieved.

“The conditions didn’t help. Overall we would have been more competitive in the dry,” Bottas said. “Set-up wise everything for us is aimed for the dry.

“We didn’t really get a clean out-lap in Q3 and lost a bit of tyre temperature. We still have work to do on the downforce on the car and to get the wet tyres to work a bit better.

“We don’t know how much pace Mercedes had left – they were really quick in the wet – but for sure we could have had a go to get the car in top three if it was dry.

“It was possible to be nearer if we’d got everything right, but it was not possible to challenge Mercedes in these conditions.”


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