Nico Rosberg will once again start second to teammate Lewis Hamilton. (Photo: Getty Images)

will once again start second to teammate . (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg admits that he was disappointed to lose pole to teammate Lewis Hamilton in Spain after beating him in both Q1 and Q2.

Hamilton found a little extra pace when it mattered in Q3.

“I’m definitely very disappointed,” said Rosberg. “I don’t particularly enjoy coming second to Lewis. I am of course disappointed but in the end it was a good lap from me, so Lewis just did a better job and that’s just the way it is.

“Anyway, it’s still all to play for tomorrow. Second place is only a little bit away from optimum because all it takes is a good start tomorrow and then I’m in the lead again. That’s the good thing about it and that’s why it’s still all to play for.”

Rosberg doesn’t believe that Mercedes has increased its advantage over the rest since China: “I wouldn’t say that but it looks like we’ve managed to keep the gap consistent – and that’s an achievement already. That’s fantastic and I’m very happy about that – great job from the team and everybody because our ambition is to make the gap bigger, not try and be shaky and hope they don’t close the gap too much. No, we want to grow the gap. I think we kept it consistent and that’s fantastic to see.”

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