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Rosberg not expecting much pressure from rivals on Sunday

Mercedes driver says their long run pace is strong.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

 

7th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Rosberg says he is not expecting to come under much pressure from their rivals during the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver says he thinks the battle will be between him and teammate Lewis Hamilton as their long run pace is strong and the gap to their rivals was big during qualifying.

Their closest rival is Sebastian Vettel, who qualified third and nearly 0.6s behind Hamilton. 

“I think it will be a battle between the two of us out there tomorrow as the gap to the other cars was quite big in Qualifying today and also on our long runs on Friday were strong.” Rosberg said

The German driver was pleased with pole position due to the lack of overtaking opportunities around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“It's been a great weekend so far and I'm really pleased with how I have been able to improve my set-up from session to session.” Rosberg said.

“Even before Qualifying we made some quite big changes and they worked out perfectly. So I am very happy with starting from pole tomorrow.”

“That was very important as there aren't many opportunities to overtake here, particularly if you are in the same car.”

Hamilton, who qualified second, is expecting a difficult race due to Rosberg’s pace combined with overtaking difficulties in Canada.

"It’s great for the team that we have a one-two on the grid but I am expecting it to be a tough race: it’s not that easy to overtake here, especially in the same car and with Nico being so close on pace.” Hamilton said.

“I will do what I can tomorrow and we will be trying to score as many points as we can.”

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