Solid Saturday at Mercedes

By on Saturday, September 8, 2012

After failing to make Q3 for the last race in Belgium, Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg expressed satisfaction at qualifying in the top six for the Italian Grand Prix.

Due to Paul di Resta's penalty, Schumacher starts alongside Felipe Massa on the front row, with team mate Rosberg a row behind.

"I think we can be satisfied with our qualifying performance as we have performed consistently all weekend", said Schumacher.  "Our car clearly suits this circuit more than at the last races, but we've had a couple of hiccups along the way in practice"

Rosberg was less happy with his own performance.

"Starting from sixth place here in Monza is a decent result from a tricky qualifying session today. I wasn't happy with the balance of my car by Q3 and, although it started well, I then lost the right balance so I couldn't improve my time"

Both drivers have targeted a good points haul tomorrow, at a circuit that suits the W03.

"Solid points should be a realistic target for tomorrow. The fact that I will start from fourth is another small positive point, because here the even numbers on the grid are probably the better start positions", said Schumacher.

"I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow and I hope we can gain some positions", added Rosberg.

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