Rosberg clutching at straws after pole setback

Sat May 23, 2015 1:59pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg searched for positives after an error, and the speed of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, shattered his hopes of securing a third successive Monaco Grand Prix pole position on Saturday.

"For sure a disappointing day," the German told reporters after double world champion Hamilton had seized the top grid slot in the showcase race for the first time in his Formula One career.

"But I've learned in my career. By tomorrow when the lights go out I need to be fully on it again and I will be," promised the Monaco resident.

"There are opportunities. It's of course most difficult here in Monaco but there's the start, there's the pitstops, there's whatever -- the weather, I don't know. So I'll just keep the pressure on, that's what I need to do.

"The pitstops are a small opportunity. Lewis is surely going to pit before me, and it's one pitstop," he added. "I need to go for it."

The statistics are against him, however, with the last six races in Monaco being won by the driver starting on pole position.

Hamilton, from third in 2008, was the most recent exception to the rule on a street circuit that is so tight and twisty that drivers have more chance of winning big at the imposing casino than overtaking anyone on the track.

Rosberg arrived home in Monaco after stalling Hamilton's momentum, setting up the weekend by taking pole and then victory in Spain.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany arrives for the third free practice session at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi