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Rosberg not worried by qualifying gap to Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg says he is undaunted by Lewis Hamilton beating him to pole by 0.6s in Australia because he failed to hook together a perfect lap.

Hamilton was dominant in qualifying while Rosberg look uncomfortable, running wide at the end of his first Q3 lap and complaining about a lack of power in his engine. He managed to complete his final lap and was comfortably second but the gap to Hamilton was eye-opening, though Rosberg is not worried ahead of the race.

"It's not only because of a pace difference," he said about the deficit. "For sure Lewis was quick but I didn't get my lap together today. I'm not too worried about pace at all to be honest. The race is always a different thing so maybe I can even turn it around tomorrow. On Friday in the long runs my pace was very strong so hopefully it can be the other way tomorrow. I'll definitely give it everything and put on a good show for everybody."

Rosberg admits the increasing wind across the day had an impact but praised his team-mate's qualifying performance.

"The story was Lewis was on impressive form today, he did an awesome job and nailed it all the time. From me the speed was there but I just didn't get it together so it wasn't a great day today. P2, I have to live with that today. It's still a long day tomorrow where I still have all the chances.

"It was difficult because the wind had changed from the session this morning, so it was different again and it really has a big impact on the car. So that's why it was particularly difficult out there. But my balance was good and the car was really good."

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