Nico Rosberg was frustrated at being beaten to pole position by his team mate after grappling with understeer throughout qualifying.
“I don’t have an explanation,” Rosberg said after qualifying.
“Qualifying went pretty much to plan, everything, but just didn’t find the pace. And it’s been a bit up and down all weekend for some unexplained reasons. So just need to look into tonight. Definitely not happy with the way it went tonight.”
Radio messages during qualifying revealed the difficulties Rosberg experienced trying to cure a persistent handling problem. After his first run in Q1 Rosberg reported “big understeer” on his car. “Something wrong with the balance,” he added in an exchange with his race engineer.
“Just get into the data, something wrong, too much understeer, look in the settings and everything,” he repeated.
Following his next run Rosberg reported his balance was “much better” but that there was “still understeer, though”.
“So keep checking if we’re in the wrong place on the aero balance or something, yeah?”
The problem recurred later in the session where Rosberg reported “again very big understeer now”.
“Very strange, I don’t understand,” he continued. “So keep checking, something is wrong, big understeer. And it’s come back now, it’s got more now, so much more than before and we’ve done everything to reduce understeer”.
His race engineer suggested increasing his front tyre pressure. Following his run in Q2 Rosberg again reported his understeer had improved but was still a problem.
Again he urged his team to keep looking into the problem. “Keep trying to figure out what we’re doing wrong if maybe going down on the pressures is the wrong direction or something and it’s counter-productive. So get some help on that, try and understand it.”
He ended the session second on the grid but over half a second off team mate Lewis Hamilton.
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10 comments on “Rosberg “definitely not happy” after qualifying”
Mark Thomson (@melthom)
25th July 2015, 15:22
How about considering that your teammate just is better.
Jonny Edwards (@racectrl)
25th July 2015, 15:36
Oh, so you aren’t allowed to have car setup issues if your team mate is a better qualifier than you?
Mark Thomson (@melthom)
25th July 2015, 16:12
again and again
David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard)
25th July 2015, 18:47
@melthom What about the time when Paddy Lowe actually apologised for it (i.e. It’s simply not Rosberg’s fault)?
25th July 2015, 16:03
His red teary eyes during the press conference say it all.
He had a little momentum, thanks both for his efforts and the mistake of Monaco, but now is going back to the start of the year performance wise. And that is not good news.
Mark G (@)
25th July 2015, 19:49
I think you’ll find Nico suffers a lot from irritation in his eyes when he gets sweat in them. It gets so bad he sometimes resorts to wearing a sanitry pad on his forehead.
Given the temperatures in Budapest today I’d say it’s more likely something to do with that…
25th July 2015, 21:19
He must have actually suggested decreasing his front tyre pressure as a) this is what counters understeer and b) this is also what Rosberg is referring to in the next batch of radio messages the article cite.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
26th July 2015, 10:59
@atticus-2 No, what he said was that they could “go up on pressures”.
26th July 2015, 11:22
26th July 2015, 11:24
Especially as Rosberg specifically said “going down on the pressures is the wrong direction.” I think the engineer could have clarified himself later on which maybe was not broadcasted.
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