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Rosberg sure he could have embarrassed Vettel

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Nico Rosberg believes he could have beaten Sebastian Vettel to pole © Sutton Images
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Nico Rosberg believes he could have left Sebastian Vettel red faced after the Red Bull driver gambled on a single run during the top-ten qualifying shootout at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Rosberg qualified just 0.091s shy of Vettel's pole time after the Red Bull driver laid down a marker early in Q3 and then sat out of the rest of the session in the garage. Rosberg said he had the pace to beat his rival but just missed out.

"Unfortunately Sebastian has been really quick all weekend," Rosberg said. "But it was very, very close in the end and a pity because one tenth more would have been possible somehow. That would have been great but second place is still a great result and gives me a good position to start the race tomorrow."

Rosberg is confident Mercedes will be strong in the race but doubts they will have the pace to fight Vettel.

"It's so important to start from the front here so we are in a very good position for the race. Our race pace was strong on Friday so I'm feeling quite confident for tomorrow evening. I doubt if we have enough performance to beat Sebastian but I'll do my best to have a good start and then we'll see how it goes from there."