• British Grand Prix - Qualifying

Rosberg perplexed by lack of wet pace

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg was forced to watch Q3 from the garage having dropped out of qualifying in Q2 © Sutton Images

Nico Rosberg described his wet weather pace as "a bit surprising" after only qualifying 13th for the British Grand Prix.

In a session delayed by rain, Rosberg went out in Q2 having not stayed out on track as conditions improved at the end of the session. Despite that, Rosberg said that he just didn't feel as competitive in the wet as he had during Friday practice and the Mercedes would need to analyse the date to find out the reasons.

"I wasn't quick enough in general today, and we need to understand why that happened as it's a bit surprising really as yesterday I was quicker in the same conditions," Rosberg said. "But I'm still confident for tomorrow and looking forward to the race as this year, it's possible to score good points even when you are starting from a long way back. Thanks to the fans who were here today. Even when there was heavy rain and we were not driving for a long time, they created a great atmosphere."

Team principal Ross Brawn hopes that similar conditions on Sunday will help Rosberg attempt to make progress from his starting position.

"Nico didn't achieve his full potential today in the tricky six minutes when Q2 restarted," Brawn said. "This was the kind of session where you could tumble from fastest to slowest in a couple of laps, as we saw with some other drivers, and he unfortunately wasn't able to put a full lap together. Overall, the car seems to be performing reasonably well in the wet conditions and the balance seemed driveable; I am sure that tomorrow's race, in changeable conditions, will be full of opportunities."