Rosberg delighted with 'awesome pole'
5 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg expressed his elation after claiming pole position during a 'crazy' qualifying session in changeable conditions at Silverstone.
Rosberg had looked set to end the session in second place but a rapid late lap as conditions dried vaulted him to the top of the standings.
"Definitely it was quite a crazy qualifying [session], weather changing all the time making it difficult," he said. "On the first lap with Softs it rained a lot in the last three corners, so I lost a lot of time there.
"I was sure that that was it, we sat in the box and we came to a conclusion that we might as well go out and have a look as there was a chance. It seemed like we should give it a go, [but] I didn't believe it would happen.
"But the last sector made it. I knew that I'd lost four seconds on [the] previous lap, so even if I was slower on that lap I'd be quicker at the last three corners as it was a lot drier.
"[It] worked out perfectly, it's awesome."
While Rosberg improved his time, Lewis Hamilton backed off on his final run and slipped from pole position to sixth position.
Rosberg is nonetheless expecting his Mercedes team-mate to make swift progress.
"Of course it's good for the championship that Lewis is down in sixth, although I expect him to come through quickly," he said. "Then we'll be racing each other again. It'll be a good battle again."