Rosberg confident despite struggling with brakes
19 April 2014 – Nico Rosberg says he remains confident of collecting a strong result at the Chinese Grand Prix despite suffering from a few problems during qualifying.
Championship leader Rosberg ran wide during Q3 before spinning at the final corner on his last flying lap, with the German driver admitting that he erroneously thought he had nothing to lose.
Rosberg nonetheless set the fourth fastest time and will line up behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.
"I had two main problems today," he said. "I wasn't totally happy with the feeling on the brakes, which resulted in me locking up and going off on my fast lap on the second to last lap.
"Then on my final timed lap, I was half a second quicker going into the last corner - but my time delta on my steering wheel display said that I was two tenths slower. So I just took a big risk and spun because I mistakenly thought I had nothing to lose anyway.
Rosberg, who claimed his maiden Formula 1 win at the event in 2012, remains confident of collecting a good result in the race.
"Fourth place is not a disaster," he explained. "I was quick on Friday during the race preparation so I am still confident that there is everything to play for tomorrow."