With Sebastian Vettel having delighted his team and home crowd with a scintillating run to pole position, at the other end of the top-ten, it was a very downcast environment indeed.
While they may be based in Brackley, UK, the Mercedes GP team is unquestionably German, but this wasn’t enough to see the Silver Arrows achieve a better result in qualifying on home soil. Nico Rosberg just scraped into the final Q3 session, while Michael Schumacher endured another failure to make it into the final phase of qualifying, and will start from 12th place.
“For us it was an absolute catastrophe,” a frustrated Rosberg told German television Sky. “I don’t know what was going on.
“I cannot be that I’m 1.4 seconds away from Red Bull,” he added.
Mercedes GP had arrived at Hockenheim with high hopes after further tweaking its ‘F-duct’ and furthering its attempts to style its W01 chassis in a manner not dissimilar to Red Bull.
“The car is not working this weekend,” a disconsolate team boss Ross Brawn added. “We have many new parts but they’re not working in harmony with one another. The car seems to be very unpredictable.”
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