Nico not focusing on hat-trick

Date published: May 21 2015

Nico Rosberg insists he's doing all he can to make sure he has the perfect build-up to qualifying in Monaco with a potential hat-trick of wins not in his immediate thoughts.

Having won the Monaco Grand Prix for the past two seasons, Rosberg heads into this weekend's race looking to emulate the likes of Graham Hill, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, who have won it three times in a row.

"I'm not thinking about [the hat-trick] too much, I'm just thinking about taking the win in general but, for sure, it's Monaco and you have to build up to it through Thursday, Saturday and then nail it in qualifying, he said.

 "We're pretty confident [the tyre will last] because it did last year and nothing's different. It's more about just getting down to it and doing that great qualifying lap."

The German, though, was second best behind his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in FP2 on Thursday with the weather limiting running in the afternoon. 

"It just wasn't the perfect day today, especially because of the weather I guess," he said. "Nobody really foresaw the weather coming otherwise everyone would have put on the supersoft tyres immediately in P2. It just came as a complete surprise and caught everyone out, but it's the same for everybody. The good thing from today is our car is definitely very quick."

However, he was his own worst enemy in FP1 as he had a brush with the Armco barriers and could only manage the ninth fastest time.

"It was a new line I was trying, but the team said to me that it was not sustainable because the car wouldn't make it through the race, so unfortunately I will have to back away from it a bit," he said.