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Rosberg's gamble pays off

Saturday 5th July 2014

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Rosberg's gamble pays off

Rosberg's gamble pays off

Nico Rosberg admits his pole position at Silverstone was a late gamble that paid off.

With rain falling steadily throughout the latter stages of Q3, Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton looked set to have wrapped up pole after he posted a 1:39.232 in dryer conditions earlier on.

Rosberg found himself P2 moments before the chequered flag came out and he decided to take a chance with a final lap to see if the track had dried up while Hamilton opted to head back to the pits.

It proved to be a masterstroke in the end as his final lap was a 1:35.766 and it earned him P1 ahead of Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull and McLaren's Jenson Button.

"Yeah it definitely was a quite crazy qualifying, changing all the time and that makes it very, very difficult," Rosberg said in the post-race press conference.

"It was wet everywhere else so I told the guys 'that's it'. They were sitting in the box and we just came to a general conclusion that we might as well go out and have a look at the track because if you don't have a look there's no chance. If you have a look there's a tiny chance. At least go out have a look, and then it seemed like we should give it a go.

"But even then I still didn't believe that the track would be better, but what made it was the last sector. Everywhere else the track was a little bit slower cause it was damp here and there.

"But I knew I had lost four seconds on the previous lap so even if I was slower than that lap I still had a chance of going a lot quicker on the last three corners if it was halfway as dry and that was the way it turned out."

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