Aug 23, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
Nico Rosberg spoke of his happiness following his charge to pole position in the wet conditions at Spa today in qualifying for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The German driver edged out Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the wet conditions on Saturday afternoon, finishing two-tenths of a second ahead at the top of the timesheets.
Speaking in the post-session press conference, Rosberg spoke of the challenge that the weather posed throughout the session, with rain falling at various stages, warranting intermediate tires to be used throughout the session.
“It’s awesome, definitely,” Rosberg said. “At this track, it’s one of the most special tracks of the year. To be in front here is great.
“Not quite as difficult out there as on some other occasions, because the conditions were pretty much always intermediates, just varying slightly so that made it a little bit easier today.
“But still, it’s always difficult at this track in the wet. I’m really really happy. The car was handling well. Together with my engineers, we really fine tuned everything and got there in the end. So yeah, I was really feeling comfortable and was able to push, so fantastic, but it’s only qualifying… a long race tomorrow.”
Rosberg and Hamilton locked out the front row of the grid for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix back in June, and the gap to the rest of the field was over two seconds, with Sebastian Vettel finishing as the best of the rest in third place.
“It’s amazing to see that, how quick our car is,” Rosberg said. “It was really great. Just Lewis and I to focus on, which is a bit easier too. A really impressive car.”
As the two drivers duel for the 2014 world title, the result of tomorrow’s race at Spa could be important in swinging momentum one way or another after the summer break. For now though, it is Rosberg who can revel in the glory of pole position at the most classic of F1’s classic circuits.
You can watch the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.
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