Nico Rosberg believes everything worked out just perfectly for him during qualifying for the United States GP, but he knows the big challenge will come on race day.
After being beaten in all three practice sessions and Q1 by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg turned the table on the Briton in the final two qualfiying sessions at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday afternoon.
He won the battle that mattered most, Q3, as his 1:36.067 was 0.376s better than that of Hamilton.
With a deficit of 17 points to make up in the Championship, Rosberg needs a good start on Sunday and he needs to finish ahead of his team-mate.
“Great day, very happy,” the German said. “It worked out really well. Together with my engineers, I arrived in qualifying with a car that I was really happy with for qualifying.
“This morning, the conditions were quite different so it wasn’t easy to get everything right. First place today is awesome, but the race is what counts, so I need to fully focus on tomorrow and try and bring it home. Of course the start is going to be important, I need to make the most of that and stay ahead.”