Tough session for Mercedes

By on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Qualifying proved to be a tough task yet again for Mercedes as the team managed to set only the tenth and fourteenth fastest times.

Nico Rosberg made it through to the final shootout but the team elected not to set a lap time.

"In terms of our strategy for the race, it was better for us not to run in Q3 as it should give us a better pace tomorrow with fresh tyres. Of course it's not a nice feeling to be waiting in the pits and watching the others out there however", he said.

Rosberg has failed to complete a lap in the previous two races and starts from the middle of the pack once more.

"It seems that the race will be tough on the tyres with very long stints, so I should have an advantage compared to the cars in front of me. I'll be able to tell you tomorrow if it was the right decision but I'm reasonably happy today as we looked like we have made a small improvement here".

Michael Schumacher failed to make it out of Q2 and will start from fourteenth place.

"We had a tough qualifying session today and I cannot yet really explain why, particularly when I compare the times to what I did this morning", he said

"In practice, we were able to run similar lap times with much more fuel in the car but, for whatever reason, we were unable to get the tyres into the right working window and generate enough grip this afternoon. That means I am starting from quite an unpromising position tomorrow, but it also makes our tactics much simpler: we have to look forward and battle hard".

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