Rosberg: First is the best position for the race

Nico Rosberg warms up at Spa

Nico Rosberg warms up at Spa

Nico Rosberg notched up his seventh top spot start and his fourth in a row when he qualified in pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, and is adamant that first on the grid is the best place to be for another chapter in his title duel against Mercedes teammate Lewis hamilton.

Speaking after his fine afternoon at a tricky Spa-Francorchamps, Rosberg said, “I’m just happy to be first; first is the best position for [the] race. t is one of the best tracks. It is probably more difficult this year as you have a lower downforce level and that makes the cars slip more – and the more it slips, the more difficult it gets.”

“[Qualifying] was the best example. To keep the car on the track needed a lot of precision. But we know that Spa is always tricky with the weather, so you come here prepared for unpredictable conditions.”

Nico Rosberg will start the Belgian GP from pole position

Nico Rosberg will start the Belgian GP from pole position

“Now the race wins should also roll in in the same manner! But to tell the truth it was a challenging afternoon. The track was pretty tricky – even if we were able to run completely on intermediates. It is my first Spa pole, so that is something very special,” declared the championship leader.

Rosberg was two tenths up on Hamilton, and over two seconds better than the next best, “I was surprised how big our gap to the others is. And yes, it will be very tight again with Lewis, believe me.”

“This is a track were you always have the chance to do something with the tyres during the race when you’re on a smart strategy, so it would be wrong to only focus on the qualifying result. Here you always have to put some race considerations into your qualifying setup,” added the German who will be looking for grand prix win number five of this season and his first ever in Belgium.