Rosberg insists he will 'go for the win'

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Nico Rosberg claims he will not be content to simply sit in behind Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, even though a podium finish will guarantee the German a maiden world title.

Rosberg had to settle for second place as Hamilton dominated qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit, the reigning world champion setting the fastest time in each session and beating his team-mate by more than three tenths of a second in Q3.

Happily for Rosberg, neither Ferrari nor Red Bull were close to denying him a spot on the front row - although Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen could yet play a key role due to the fact they will start the race on super-soft tyres.

"I've come here to try and be on pole and win so I'm not ecstatic by today," said Rosberg, who holds a 12-point lead over his Mercedes team-mate.

"Lewis was just that bit quicker but there are still opportunities tomorrow and I'll go for the win.

"As qualifying went on I was feeling better and better and got a good lap but, in the end, not quite good enough."

Hamilton - the winner of the last three races - paid tribute to his team after a final qualifying session in the Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid.

"It was strange coming here this weekend as it was the last practices and qualifying with this car, It's been incredible. It's been such a privilege driving this car," said the Briton.

"I wouldn't have had the 61 poles I have now if it wasn't for everyone at the factory, so thanks to them.

"First sector, I knew I had pace so I didn't overcook into turn one and on the rest of the lap I had it under control."