It was a mixed bag for Mercedes GP at the end of qualifying, with Nico Rosberg set to start from sixth place for tomorrow’s race, while team-mate Michael Schumacher endured a more torrid qualifying session and will start from 14th place.

Mercedes GP Following a difficult practice session, Rosberg was seemingly delighted with the rewards for his efforts, and certainly a little surprised to be so high up on the grid.

“I’m pleased to be starting from sixth place as we didn’t think we would be that far forward today, so it’s an unexpected and pleasant surprise,” said Rosberg. “We are a long way from the front which is a concern but we took everything that we could from today and I am happy with our performance.”

“We did a very good job with the set-up which meant we could get the best out of the car. Hopefully I can have a good start and our aim as always is to make up a few more places and get some decent points again,” he added.

For Schumacher, a radical set-up change made before qualifying evidently seemed to have backfired, and the seven-time World Champion now remains hopeful that it might suit his race strategy on Sunday.

“After yesterday’s performance, we purposely went for a different set-up which was supposed to tell us more about the car and was targeted more towards the race,” Schumacher told the press after qualifying.

“It seemed to be reasonable this morning but as the track became hotter in qualifying, it went against us. Our set-up should work better in the race although starting from 14th place does not make it easy,” he continued. “Being on the dirty side of the starting grid does not specifically help, but I will certainly try again to have a good start tomorrow. And from then on we will have to see how the race develops.”

[Original image via GP Update]

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