The Mercedes driver dominated the third and final qualifying session to go fastest despite not being the last across the line. Conditions were tricky but the German managed to conquer the dry top 10 shoot-out and out-qualified his team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just a tenth of a second.
Speaking in a post-qualifying statement from the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Rosberg admitted that he is ecstatic about taking his third pole position in a row and especially at a circuit he knows so well. “It’s a great feeling to be on pole in the city where I grew up” he said, before adding “and it means so much to me to drive through the streets here in a Silver Arrow. The conditions were really difficult out there today with the rain at the start but we handled it well.”
The four-time pole sitter continued, praising the team for their hard work over the race weekend and improving the car back at the factory. “I have to say thank you to everybody at the team for all of their hard work in improving our car and our performance so much since last year.”
Despite the strong qualifying pace, Rosberg still has doubts over the cars race pace. Rightly so too, for the last three rounds of the season he has started on pole position but slipped back in the race. “Having said that, we know that race pace has been our weakness,” he said, before admitting that the track should suit his car: “We’ve learnt a lot since the last race, and this track should suit us, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out if this will be enough.”
Hamilton will line-up alongside his team-mate on the Monaco Grand Prix grid and said he was happy with the improvements made by the team after struggling on Thursday. “It’s a big improvement for me after struggling in the practice sessions here so I’m really happy to be on the front row of the grid.”
However his first sector let him down and he still feels that there is work to do in order to feel fully comfortable in the car: “I didn’t have a great first sector on my lap today but after that it really came together. I’ve got some work to do as I haven’t felt completely comfortable in the car this weekend but I’m confident that we can have a good race tomorrow and we’ll be aiming to get the best possible result for the team.”
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