Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov each share the same statistic in 2010 so far: they’ve been outiqualified by their team-mate in each of the four rounds so far.

Michael Schumacher

This statistic will provide cold comfort for the seven-time World Champion, who – with external factors affecting the result in Australia and Malaysia – was genuinely outpaced by his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The German has had endured a difficult return to the sport, and will line up ninth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

"I am obviously disappointed about my qualifying," a blunt Schumacher said. "It didn’t really come together today. In certain areas I was just not quick enough and at some corner exits I struggled a bit with rear end grip.

"I haven’t really found the balance of the car all weekend. It will be tough to be too optimistic for tomorrow from my grid position, but then I have had some good starts lately and there is always room for lots of things to happen in Formula 1 races. We can still achieve some good points and I am definitely going to go for it."

Rosberg will line up in fourth position.

[Image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.