Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton made it four from four in terms of pole positions this season, but Rosberg will surprisingly start on the second row of the grid after being beaten by Vettel.
Not a great qualifying for Nico Rosberg, half a second down on his team-mate Lewis Hamilton
“Being third is really not ideal,” Rosberg says during the press conf.
“Poor management” – a decision to go out on used tyres at the start of Q3 – probably didn’t help either. But he clarifies that he isn’t blaming the team!
“It was strategy wise that I got it wrong today because I was thinking too much about the race and I underestimated Sebastian’s speed and also how much it would cost me,” he said after qualifying.
“What I mean is taking it easy in Qualy 2 on the race set of tyres that we start the race with, I just lacked the rhythm as a result, I never got into a rhythm and I just had one shot at it at the end on a new set. That’s where I went wrong today.
“Disappointed because Sebastian beat me, if I was second it would have been damage limitation, but being third is not ideal.”