“Ferrari is a treat for sure”

“Oh come on guys,” the German expressed his disappointment on the radio when told the gap was less than a tenth of a second here in China.

Following the qualifying, he told media: “Definitely, yeah. When it’s four hundredths… that’s nothing. I’m frustrated because it’s so close.”

Also the Germen says that the Italian squad is a threat for sure, as they have good race pace.

Disappointed Nico Rosberg has been speaking to Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater

Did you have to put too much into the outlap that maybe took away from the flying lap?

“Yeah we need to look at that as that was not ideal to put me under pressure like that. I don’t think it cost me anything, but even the mind-set to know that I have to speed up a bit… so we need to look into that. Other than that the lap was good and it is very annoying as the lap is never perfect so four hundredths is always in it.”

Where is your best chance of getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton tomorrow?

“There are a few opportunities. There is the start here, then there is the strategy and tyre degradation. Tyre degradation is going to be a big issue tomorrow as we are going to take the tyres right to the limit. So there are many opportunities.”

You’ve kept an extra set of new softs…

“The soft is not a good tyre here so it is unlikely we are going to use it.”

Is it a straight fight between you and Hamilton or are Ferrari a threat again?

“Ferrari are a threat for sure as they have good race pace – it is not just Malaysia, it is everywhere. So I hope we have a bit of an edge on them, but it could be close”