Just to prove to us all that he still walks among us, Michael Schumacher made a rare mistake in the closing minutes of qualifying for he Turkish Grand Prix when he ran his Mercedes GP car too wide at Turn 8, spinning out in the infamous turn’s gravel trap.
Despite this, he still managed to shade his team-mate Nico Rosberg, in qualifying, and will start from 5th place, with his compatriot one further place behind.
The longer-wheelbase W01 chassis – which made its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix but was logically not used for the last race in Monaco – appeared to suit the seven-time World Champion better than his team-mate.
Despite his wild spin into the kitty litter, Schumacher appeared pleased with his qualifying performance and the improvements made to the car.
"I am quite happy with my qualifying today and I really think that we have made a step forward," said the 41-year-old veteran. "If you consider that this is a track which is aerodynamically demanding, you can clearly say the hard work of our guys paid off and I would really say thank you to them.
"What happened at Turn 8 was that it was my last go, the fast lap before was a good one, so obviously you try to push even more, especially as on that lap you can win time. I went out a bit wide and off it went."
"The car is feeling reasonable this weekend and, although there is a very narrow setup window, we have pretty much got there," his team-mate Rosberg echoed. "It’s clear that we have made some progress with our aero upgrades and everyone at the factory has done a good job, so thanks for all their hard work.
"I am on the dirty side of the grid for the race tomorrow but it should have cleaned up now and it’s only a short run to the first corner. If I can have a good start and first lap, then we have the potential for a strong race."
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