“From FP3 to qualifying, it’s easy to explain, because you have a 10-degree difference in track temperature, so it’s really a different world,” said Rosberg. “That can completely change the car in qualifying.
“And we’ve picked up so much wind. The wind changed direction as well, so that’s why they struggled out there. Some struggled more than others and I think Charles had particular difficulties out there with that.”
Rosberg was optimistic, however, that his compatriot Vettel might still have a decent Spanish Grand Prix, particularly with a free choice of tyres at his disposal.
“He was only two tenths behind Leclerc, which certainly isn’t a disaster,” said Rosberg. “Two positions on the grid, two tenths and we know Vettel’s strength is always in the race, usually anyway.
“So, who knows, maybe he can have a great race tomorrow? Probably starting on the medium tyre to offset his strategy. Could still be a good one for him.”
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