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Mercedes is under pressure, Ferrari makes too many mistakes – Rosberg

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Ferrari is making “too many mistakes” in its quest for the world championship, according to 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.

Championship contender Sebastian Vettel was obviously unhappy after qualifying behind his teammate Kimi Raikkonen at Monza. It is believed he thought the Finn should have been providing rather than receiving the slipstream.

Ferrari’s car is now clearly faster than Mercedes’, and Rosberg told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Italian team’s progress has been impressive.

“It’s true that Ferrari makes a strong impression,” said the German. “But the bottom line is all about points, and who is the world championship leader?

“Ferrari makes too many mistakes. But it is true that Mercedes is under pressure.”

It was Ferrari’s first pole on home track at Monza since 2010 and Kimi Raikkonen’s first pole in 12 years. At 38, the Finn also became the oldest pole sitter since Nigel Mansell, aged, 41, took pole for the 1994 Australian Grand Prix.

“Thank you,” Kimi said. “It’s great for tomorrow…Hopefully, everything goes smoothly and we end up in the same position.”

Vettel was unhappy not to take pole. “Let’s talk after,” he said to the team, perhaps referring to Raikkonen gaining a ‘tow’ from him.

“I’m not entirely happy with my second run.” Hamilton, who was seeking a fifth consecutive Monza pole, said: “We gave it everything. It’s incredibly close.”

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