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Pole-sitter Rosberg expecting a difficult race

May 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Nico Rosberg may have stormed to pole position in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix but he is not expecting an easy race tomorrow. The German driver has started on pole for the last two races, yet he has failed to finish any higher than P6 on Sunday. Therefore, he is not confident that this bad streak can be ended this weekend.

“I’m just very happy starting first,” Rosberg said in the post-qualifying press conference. “In Barcelona we were still struggling a lot in the race, I was seventy seconds behind the race winner by the end of the race. We’re improving, it’s difficult to understand the tires and get the most out of it. We’re improving step by step but there are still a lot of question marks remaining.”

Rosberg was however sure that the team has progressed since the last race, suggesting that a more positive result could be on the cards.

“Here I’m sure we’ve made a step forward but it’s still going to be difficult for us tomorrow, definitely. It’s still our weakness, but we can make the best of it and, who knows, you can always have a few surprises.”

Mercedes will be delighted to have locked out the front row once again, but their record so far in 2013 suggests that this form will not translate to a good race on Sunday. However, with overtaking hard to come by in Monaco, this race may present their best chance of winning a race in 2013, and the German marque will be keen on setting the record straight.