Happy Rosberg eyeing podium finish

Nico Rosberg is eyeing a podium finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix thanks to his strong starting position

Happy Rosberg eyeing podium finish

The Williams driver qualified in sixth place, but will move up to fourth after Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel drop down the order because of penalties.

Rosberg reckons his position, as well as the speed and consistency of his car, should allow him to fight for a result in the top three tomorrow.

He admitted, however, that he was worried about the KERS-equipped cars starting close to him.

"I am very happy with fourth on the grid for tomorrow's race," said Rosberg. "Our general pace in the first two qualifying sessions wasn't quite where we wanted to be, but it gave us enough to work with.

"Then in Q3, with some fuel in the car, it felt really nice which allowed me to put in a very good lap that put me on sixth, which after the penalties for the other cars, is on the second row.

"From that start position as well as with a good car and a good strategy, we can be optimistic and say we have a good chance to aim for a podium. One consideration is of course the start and I will have to check who will be using KERS around me.

"My preference for tomorrow would definitely be a dry race because it's always the safer way to go, but if it rains, even though it will mix things up, it will be no problem and we will make the best of either situation."

Team-mate Kazuki Nakajima qualified in 12th, but will gain a position on he grid. The Japanese driver is also upbeat about his chances for the race.

"The car was good, I had a good feeling in the cockpit and everything went okay today, but I just needed to find another tenth to get into Q3," he said.

"Despite this, I now have the freedom to fuel the car for the optimum strategy, and with this benefit and a good long run pace, a good finish is possible if I keep my head down during the race."

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