Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg delighted with ‘awesome’ pole
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg could not hide his delight after taking pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The German clinched his fist pole at Spa in eight visits ahead of Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
I am really happy, the car was handling well
The two Mercedes drivers were a class above the rest as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth.
“It is awesome at this track, it is one of the most special tracks of the year,” said Rosberg.
“It was not quite as difficult out here as some other occasions because the conditions was pretty much always intermediates.
“I am really happy, the car was handling well. Together with my engineers we fine tuned it perfectly and got there in the end. It is only qualifying, a long race tomorrow but I am very happy.
“Eau Rouge I was feeling good through it, really going for it and maybe that it where I made my time.”
Hamilton was hampered by a glazed brake disc as he struggled to match his team-mate.
“The car was pulling to the left or to the right, and there was nothing I could do to get rid of it,” said Hamilton. “I had to bring the brake balance further back, losing massive amounts out of Turn 1.”
“It’s more fun in the dry, but it’s still a huge challenge as Nico said – considering that it was quite good today.”
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Qualifying times
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 2m 05.591s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 2m 05.819s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 2m 07.717s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 2m 07.786s
5. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 2m 07.911s
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 2m 08.049s
7. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 2m 08.679s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 2m 08.780s
9. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 2m 09.178s
10. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 2m 09.776s
11. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 2m 09.377s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 2m 09.805s
13. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 2m 10.084s
14. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 2m 10.238s
15. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 2m 11.087s
16. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 2m 12.470s
17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 2m 11.261s
18. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 2m 11.267s
19. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari 2m 12.566s
20. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 2m 13.414s
21. Andre Lotterer Germany Caterham-Renault 2m 13.469s
22. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 2m 14.438s