Despite a rather disappointing Qualifying Session from the Williams team, Nico Rosberg remains confident about his chances heading into tomorrow’s Race.
Rosberg, who topped Friday’s Second Practice Session, could only qualifying his Williams in ninth place, three places ahead of his team mate Kazuki Nakajima. The young Japanese star was also left frustrated after Qualifying, failing to make the third phase.
Nico Rosberg – 9th: “That was not a good qualifying from me as I really didn’t feel comfortable in the car today. We were just lucky we made it through to the third round because it was very close. In the end, P9 is ok because we have a lot of fuel onboard so, strategy-wise, I think we are looking pretty competitive. My hope for tomorrow is definitely to finish in the points and I think that’s achievable. Our race car is pretty good, so we should have a consistent pace and everything is possible from ninth.”
Kazuki Nakajima – 12th: It’s difficult to say where I lost my time. I didn’t make any mistakes and the car was performing pretty well. If I think about the gap separating Nico and me, I’m pleased with my afternoon. Overall, though, I have mixed feelings as I should have made it into Q3.”
Sam Michael, Technical Director: “This result is where we expected to be. Ninth is a good position from where Nico can target a points-scoring finish tomorrow and Kazuki did a good job considering he doesn’t have the same package that Nico is running. He also equalled his season best qualifying position today. In conclusion, we will be aiming for points with both cars. Congratulations to Toyota for taking the front row.”