Rosberg wanted 'open fight' with Hamilton
19 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg has admitted that securing pole position for the German Grand Prix was less rewarding after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the running.
Hamilton slid into the Turn 13 barriers after a right-front brake failure in the first qualifying phase, paving the way for Rosberg to take the top spot.
In the final shootout, Rosberg fended off a faint challenge from Williams duo Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
"It's going really, really well. To be on pole at my home race is fantastic," Rosberg enthused after the session.
"Of course we'd prefer an open fight with Lewis. I'm a little bit less happy as a result as Lewis didn't have a shot at the end, but it's still a fantastic day."
Rosberg says he had no fears over his own brakes as the pair run with different products.
"We run two different brakes between us, so the problem he had didn't apply to my car as a result," he said.
"I don't know the details about the other car. I was comfortable to keep pushing."