Saturday, 21 June 2014

Rosberg plays the blame game

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team) 

Championship leader Nico Rosberg pointed the finger at his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton following the 2008 world champion's spin in Q3 which Rosberg believes cost him a chance at claiming pole position. Hamilton spun at Turn 2 and will start the Austrian Grand Prix from 9th on the grid alongside Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Following qualifying, an unhappy Rosberg who qualified in third place behind the two Williams driver's said:

'I definitely didn't expect the Williams to be ahead of me today, but they did a good job. Rosberg went on to say: '"It didn't come together perfectly for me today and I lost out on that last lap with Lewis spinning in front of the corner so I couldn't do that lap.'

Rosberg goes into tomorrow's race at the Red Bull Ring with a 22 point lead over Hamilton, following the Englishman's retirement from the Canadian Grand Prix two week's ago, a race which saw Rosberg finish in second place behind race winner Daniel Ricciardo despite carrying a problem with his Mercedes W05.

Despite starting third tomorrow, Rosberg believes he as the race pace and is hoping to make the most of it.

The German could find it tough as the Williams FW36 has the same power unit as the Mercedes works team and as Massa and Bottas showed today the characteristics of the Red Bull Ring suit their package so it is going to be an extremely interesting Grand Prix.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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