• Korean Grand Prix - Qualifying

Rosberg delighted with fifth on the grid

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Rosberg again outqualified Michael Schumacher © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg said he extracted the maximum possible out of his Mercedes after qualifying an outstanding fifth for the Korean Grand Prix.

The young German yet again outqualified his illustrious team-mate and will line up on the grid between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

"I'm very pleased with fifth place and it is the best possible position that we could have achieved today," said Rosberg. "It's nice to be ahead of one of the McLaren and Ferrari cars and also Robert who has been very close to us recently.

"We're in a good position for the race tomorrow. Strategy will be crucial with the tyre graining but we are strong in that area and with a bit of luck, it would be nice to give the team a great result."

Despite again being outshone by his younger compatriot, Michael Schumacher confessed himself happy with ninth on the grid.

"I had a busy qualifying getting everything together with some changes we made but I'm quite happy with my position," said Schumacher. "There was no room for much more today.

"The team did a great job getting both cars into Q3 and we will be starting from the better side of the track in my opinion. I'm quite optimistic for tomorrow and we should score some points, especially as our set-up is focused on the race. We had a good race pace in practice yesterday and I'm looking forward to the first Korean Grand Prix."