• Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Turn one lock-up costs Rosberg grid positions

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Nico Rosberg has admitted a mistake on his Q3 qualifying lap cost him several grid positions at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg qualified eighth at Sepang but will start from seventh once Kimi Raikkonen's penalty is enforced. He only got one shot at setting a Q3 time as a yellow flag in Q2 ruined his first attempt in that session and forced him to use a second set of the faster medium tyres to secure a place in the top-ten shootout. He then only had one set of mediums for Q3 and a lock-up into turn one flat-spotted his right-front tyre.

"I would obviously like to be further up the grid, however unfortunately I lost some time on my quick lap after a poor first corner which cost me a few tenths and left me with a lot of tyre vibrations for the rest of the lap," Rosberg said. "However I'm quite confident that we can compete very well tomorrow as we have worked hard on our race pace over the weekend. I hope that I can move forward a few places and score some good points in front of our Malaysian supporters and our partner Petronas."

Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug is expecting a stronger race performance from Rosberg after his driver topped the time sheets in final practice.

"Nico flat-spotted his tyre in turn one and ended up in P8, but we know how fast he can go from FP3 this morning."