Championship leader Nico Rosberg said his main chance of winning the Malaysian GP will come at the start.
The Mercedes driver will start from second on the grid, behind team mate Lewis Hamilton who dominated qualifying on Saturday on his way to a 57th career pole. The German has made the jump on Hamilton a few times this season and hopes that the start, which has been Mercedes’ main weekness this season, will favor him over his team mate, especially with the left side of the grid looking a better place to start after an oil spill from one of the support races left a trail of dust on the right side, which is the pole position side.
“The start is a great opportunity for me, as we’ve seen. And then after that more difficult.” Rosberg said after qualifying.
He acknowledged that his other threat will be the Red Bulls and the Ferrari’s starting right behind, who were fairly close on race pace despite not showing the same speed in qualifying.
“They were very close on Friday, so for sure they can be a threat. Especially with strategies as we saw in Singapore. Even in Singapore Red Bull was a big threat. So we need to keep an eye on them.”
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