Nico Rosberg enjoyed a strong qualifying for his home Grand Prix today and will start
tomorrow’s race from the third row on the grid in sixth place. During his debut qualifying
session on the streets of Monte Carlo, Kazuki Nakajima earned a place in Q2, but was
unable to progress into the final round and will line up on the grid in fourteenth position.
With an unsettled forecast on the cards, Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix has the potential
to yield a lottery of a result.
I am very happy, I got the most out of the car and this is a good result. I really enjoyed it
out there today. It was good fun and I was really pushing it to the limit - I imagine it would
be pretty exciting to watch my on-board camera footage because I was really attacking
every bit of the lap. Qualifying in Monaco is different to anywhere else and being able to
get to the limit here is just great. If it rains tomorrow it will be madness, so I’ll just have to
be very careful and keep it on the track. With a good strategy, I can have a good Monaco
It was a difficult qualifying for me because I was having trouble hooking everything up on
my quick laps. I made some mistakes on one of my clean laps, so I need to go away and
think about that and see how I can improve. Nico did really well today. He set a really
good lap time, so I think I should have been better. Conditions were slightly different out
there this afternoon in comparison to this morning’s practice session, and the forecast
isn’t settled for the race, which could make it interesting.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
It was a good qualifying session for Nico and he’s in a good place for tomorrow’s race. It
was a shame for Kazuki that he didn’t get through to Q3, but he did a good job
considering this is his first time round Monaco in a Formula One car. He’ll have to keep
his head down tomorrow but, if it’s a wet race, anything can happen. We had no
reliability issues today.