It will still be difficult to win, admits Rosberg
25 May 2013 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has admitted that tyre degradation still poses a major threat to his chances of claiming victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, despite the fact that the street venue provides very few opportunities to overtake.
In the final stage of qualifying, the German delivered a personal best effort of 1:13.876 to edge out team-mate Lewis Hamilton and claim his third pole position in a row.
"It could have been a lot easier," said Rosberg. "The conditions were all over the place. As soon as the drizzle came again there lap times were a lot slower. It was really difficult; it changed so much and you had to be out there at the right time, on the right tyre.
"I’m really happy. Everything went to plan. It’s great to be on pole position again, especially at Monaco."
Of his chances during the race, Rosberg added: "In Barcelona we were still struggling a lot in the race. I finished 70 seconds behind the race winner in the end. We’re improving step-by-step, but there are a lot of question marks that remain. It will still be difficult for us, but we’ll make the best of it. Who knows, there can be a few surprises."