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Another Mercedes pole position was squandered on Sunday, in the second straight race, after Nico Rosberg struggled to keep the tyres working on his car at the Spanish Grand Prix.
As was in the preceding Bahrain GP, the German driver was overtaken by his rivals before his first pit stop as the Pirellis degraded quicker on the Mercedes than any of the other frontrunners.
"It's so strange, it's so inexplicable," said Rosberg who finished sixth but not before he had to fend off the Force India of Paul di Resta in the closing stages. "I just don't understand it."
Barring any retirements, no pole-sitter at the Spanish GP held at the Catalunya circuit has finished below the top five. Historically, the track favoured heavily on the drivers on the front row, positions which were locked out by Mercedes on Saturday.
“We began to go backwards as it made no sense to destroy my tyres by trying to stay ahead,” Rosberg explained. “We didn’t have the pace of the quickest cars and there’s a growing gap to three teams ahead of us which we need to get on top of.
“We have a very quick car but we have to make it work for us in the race,” he pointed out.