Rosberg: I need to play it safe in the race
26 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg says he will "play it safe" during the Hungarian Grand Prix, with title rival Lewis Hamilton starting at the back of the grid.
Rosberg overcame a damp/dry Q3 to claim his sixth pole position of the season, after Hamilton dropped out of Q1 amid technical trouble.
Although Hamilton charged through from 20th to third in Germany, the Hungaroring does not present the same overtaking opportunities.
"It makes it easier, of course, because he is my [main] competitor. It's a free opportunity tomorrow," Rosberg explained after qualifying.
"I need to play it safe and avoid any unnecessary things happening to get as many points as possible."
Rosberg says he was again disappointed not to go head-to-head with Hamilton for the top spot.
"I would prefer to be out there battling with Lewis as it would give me the maximum adrenalin rush," he said.
"I'm very happy with pole but it wasn't a gloves off battle so it takes a way a bit of the happiness."
Rosberg added that it is crucial for Mercedes to get on top of its reliability woes at future races.
"It's a pity for the team," he said. "It's definitely not a good thing and we need to keep working on it."