Rosberg still confident despite missed pole

Rosberg still confident despite missed pole

15 March 2014 – Despite missing out on pole position, Mercedes's Nico Rosberg is remaining confident over his chances in the Australian Grand Prix.

Rosberg, who had topped the timesheets during final free practice at Albert Park, lost out to team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in the final qualifying phase on Saturday afternoon.

The German will start third, alongside McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen.

"That was a really tricky qualifying session out there," explained Rosberg, who ultimately wound up 0.364 behind pole-sitter Hamilton.

"Starting from third place on the grid is not the optimum, but it's OK for me. I know that I have a good race car and that makes me quite confident. With a good start, I should have a nice chance of scoring a strong result."

Rosberg reiterated that fuel and tyre usage will be key to success on Sunday: "It will be a very interesting race because fuel consumption and tyre wear will be on the edge. So there might be some surprises tomorrow."

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