Strategic Q3 abandonment for Mercedes

By on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Photo Credit: Mercedes AMG

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will start the Singapore Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid after electing not to set a lap time in Q3.

Team principal Ross Brawn admitted that the Silver Arrows decided not to set a lap time in order to choose what tyres to start the race from.

"I am reasonably pleased with our qualifying result, considering what we have seen this weekend", said Michael Schumacher.

"Of course, we could have tried to make up one or two positions, although this would have been very difficult. However we decided to give up this possibility in favour of the fact that we now have a fresh set and free choice of tyres going into the race. We decided this strategy after the final practice session, and after seeing who made it into Q3, we went for it. Hopefully we can make the best of this choice tomorrow."

Rosberg added, "Our new updates are working reasonably well this weekend, although it will definitely take some more time to optimise the package. After not taking part in Q3, we will have more opportunities for the race tomorrow, and we can decide whether we want to start on the soft or supersoft tyre. It should be an interesting race, so let's see what we can do"

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