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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg 'full of optimism'

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg is confident he can overhaul Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Rosberg will start from second on the grid on Sunday after finishing behind Hamilton in a thrilling qualifying session at the Marina Bay Circuit.

The German - 22 points clear atop the drivers' standings - held provisional pole before Hamilton earned front row on the grid by just 0.007 seconds.

Rosberg was heard reacting over the team radio after losing pole by a narrow margin but the 29-year-old was in a relaxed mood post-race.

"I don't think of it as bouncing back from Monza or from previous races. For me, I'm looking at today and today Lewis did a seven-thousandths better job than me," Rosberg said.

"Of course, it was very, very annoying because seven-thousandths, you think, Damn it! That last corner I could easily have done seven-thousandths better'.

"So initially it was very annoying but afterwards I could live with it. It's second place there's still a great chance in the race.

"For me it's in the past and I'm optimistic now for tomorrow. Full of optimism."

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