Nico Rosberg has explained how he expects team-mate Lewis Hamilton to be his only serious threat during tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix, with the Mercedes duo once again locking out the front-row of the grid for the fourth time this season.
Despite Hamilton entering the qualifying hour as the favourite after ending practice three fastest, Rosberg managed to secure his third pole of the season.
Despite Mercedes’s dominant start to the season at the sharp-end of the order, with the German marque winning every race so far and subsequently boasting a 141 point lead in the Constructors’ Championship over defending Champions Red Bull, the gap at the front seemed to have been diminished somewhat with Williams looking competitive throughout the qualifying hour.
Although Felipe Massa even managed to split the Mercedes duo and finish second during the third and final practice session, along with reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel lining up third on the grid, pole man Rosberg firmly believes the battle for victory will be between himself and team-mate Hamilton.
With only a small amount of overtaking opportunities around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the German is naturally content with his qualifying performance. After finishing third fastest in the morning’s third and final practice session behind the Williams of Massa and team-mate Hamilton, extensive changes were made to Rosberg’s car which in turn improved his overall performance tremendously.
“It’s been a great weekend so far and I’m really pleased with how I have been able to improve my set-up from session to session,” explained Rosberg. “Even before qualifying we made some quite big changes and they worked out perfectly. So I am very happy with starting from pole tomorrow. That was very important as there aren’t many opportunities to overtake here, particularly if you are in the same car.
“I think it will be a battle between the two of us out there tomorrow as the gap to the other cars was quite big in qualifying today and also on our long runs on Friday were strong.”
With Rosberg and Hamilton so closely matched during the qualifying hour, many are predicting a similar story during tomorrow’s 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix and even a possible repeat of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
During the race around the Bahrain International Circuit the duo jostled for the lead in what was an enthralling battle, with Lewis Hamilton eventually taking the honours.
Along with a potential repeat of that battle brewing ahead of the tomorrow’s race, the battle for the final podium position could also be as exciting between reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, the Williams duo and Daniel Ricciardo.
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