The German driver will start eleventh on the grid tomorrow, his worst qualifying position this season.
“We got caught out by the fact the track got a lot quicker at the end of Q2. The wind dropped and the track picked up grip, cars were going quite more quicker and we had no time to react. In the end it was a miss judgement. We were with the intention of keeping two fresh sets for Q3.”
“We really thought Nico’s lap time will be sufficient.”
He also talked about Ferrari’s strategy of qualifying both their cars on the slower medium tyre.
“You got to run the options at some stage. Whether is better to run the option at the beginning of the race or run the option at the end of the race, we’ll find out what develops tomorrow. But you can’t get away for having run the option at some stage.”
Mercedes’ team principal explained why the car behaved so good in Qualifying while it showed weakness points in the last practice session today.
“The car went back pretty much to where we started with on Friday. We had quite a different sort of balance on Friday which we weren’t completely happy with but then in our attempts to improve it I think we made it worse. So we went back pretty much to where on Friday.”