Nico Rosberg has admitted that he suffered his own brake problem during qualifying for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
His team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who uses a different brake supplier, suffered a disc failure in the first qualifying segment and crashed at turn 13.
Rosberg went on to secure pole position, but it wasn’t as easy a session as it may have appeared. “I put on new brakes for qualifying and there was something not quite right with them for the whole of qualifying,” he said.
“It was very difficult for me to get into it and I didn’t feel comfortable all the way through, I sort of found my way eventually but especially starting up, because I do the same as P3. I did exactly the same with the same tyre and it was just completely different, so I was locking up everywhere and that was a big struggle.
“So I had to re-adapt and change a lot of things, and find my way, so I sort of adapted to it but even in the end there was still performance that I was losing out because of it. That was definitely the biggest struggle we had in qualifying today.”
Hamilton said he is not concerned by the disc failure that he suffered in Q1: “I am not really thinking about safety. Since the first crash I ever had as a kid, bleeding nose, all I cared about is if the car was going to be fine.
“All I am caring about now is, which they will do, put the car back together tomorrow so I can do what I do best and try and go through the field. I am not thinking about the brakes. I will push just as hard as ever on the brakes the first time I touch them. You just have to get over it and keep moving forward.”
The 2008 world champion could be forced to start from the pit lane, rather than 15th, as Mercedes executive director (business) Toto Wolff said the team plans to switch the brake material on his car.
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