Nico Rosberg says the gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Australian Grand Prix qualifying is not representative of his actual pace, and he is expecting to make it harder for the Englishman in the race.

The German abandoned his first run of Q3 after running wide at Turn 15, and ultimately finished 0.594s adrift of Hamilton’s pole position time, however he accredited the sizable gap to his teammate to a driver error.

“For sure, Lewis was quick but I didn’t get my laps together today so I’m not too worried about pace. I’m not worried at all to be honest,” he said in the post-qualifying FIA Press Conference.

“The speed was there, I just didn’t get it together. On Friday, on the long runs, my pace was very strong so I believe it can be the other way around in the race,” he added.

Rosberg edged Hamilton on the stopwatch in Friday’s two practice sessions, which are traditionally used to evaluate car performance and set-up in race conditions.

Hamilton had previously credited his improved pace to set-up changes made to his car.

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