Mercedes GP was certainly justified in describing its qualifying performance as “below-par” in its press release, with Nico Rosberg lining up 10th and Michael Schumacher starting from 13th for the Canadian Grand Prix.
This weekend marks the first time the seven-time World Champion has been eliminated in Q2 since his comeback to F1 began. The German, who has won on the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve on seven previous occasions, was already languishing on the timesheets and his cause was not helped by missing the final chicane on his last-ditch effort to break into the top-ten session.
“I am obviously disappointed after today’s qualifying,” Schumacher said after qualifying. “We simply did not have the balance or grip and overall we had a lot of problems with braking and handling.
“The car was just not performing as we expected. We had similar issues yesterday afternoon and we made some changes after second practice.
“This morning, the changes seemed to have made sense as our position was reasonable but this afternoon, I was facing similar issues again. It’s difficult to understand the reasons at the moment but we will look deeply into it now and find a good strategy for the race tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg will start from 10th and will be hoping he can salvage a points’ finish after a troublesome Saturday.
“That wasn’t a great qualifying session for us today,” Rosberg confirmed. “We have a good car here this weekend but unfortunately we couldn’t get the tyres to work properly this afternoon – that was the big issue for us today.”
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