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Rosberg 'completely on a knife's edge'

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Nico Rosberg qualified on the front row for the first time since Singapore © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg says he is "completely on a knife's edge" trying to get the most out of his Mercedes for the Indian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel took a comfortable pole position at the Buddh International Circuit and had a cushion of 0.7s over second-placed Rosberg. However, despite being so far off the Red Bull, Rosberg said he's having to take risks to even be that close to Vettel and had been expecting to qualify further down the grid.

"To be honest I'm completely on a knife's edge, really pushing the limits this weekend," Rosberg said. "Just trying to extract that little tenth more out of the car and trying different things - new ways, new set-ups - and until now it's worked. So I'm very pleased with that, qualifying second was better than I hoped for because of Mark [Webber] being on another strategy.

"For the moment it's looking OK. For the race it's going to be tough because it's very different circumstances here with the option tyre really struggling at the beginning of the race tomorrow and then the prime will be OK but also the balance of the car will be very different, so we'll see."

With the different strategic options seeing some drivers starting on medium tyres, Rosberg said it is a fun aspect to qualifying but makes the race complicated from within the cockpit.

"I'm very interested in it but it's so complex that you really rely on the pit wall to do their job. Of course I prepare for it well before the race and look in to it and discuss what my preference is and those sorts of things."

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