Rosberg plays down Hamilton pole

Rosberg plays down Hamilton pole

Nico Rosberg does not feel pole position guarantees Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was dominant in qualifying and will start at the front of the grid, with Rosberg second ahead of the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth and sixth respectively although it is the two men on the front row who are expected to challenge for the chequered flag this weekend.

Rosberg acknowledged that his rival has shown great pace so far at Sepang but, after admitting the pair have struggled to get away at times this campaign, he knows the race is still up for grabs.

"Lewis' lap was very quick so it was always going to be difficult," he said. "I would have come close but I had a mistake in the last corner. Something just wasn't going right there.

"But anyway, second place - I've got to live with that now and, as we know from this year, second does not mean victory is not possible."