DRS problem leaves Schumacher way down
21 April 2012 – Michael Schumacher, a tip for pole position with many before qualifying at Sakhir, will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from a lowly 17th place. Making up one spot from his qualifying position of 18th is no consolation after being affected by a DRS glitch.
Schumacher jumps up a place as Williams’ Pastor Maldonado is penalised for a gearbox change.
As Mercedes now relies so heavily on its Super DRS, Schumacher helplessly sat in the garage as Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham knocked him out of Q1.
“I am obviously very disappointed to have qualified in 18th position on the grid for a race which looks to be quite competitive for us,” said the Sakhir winner of 2004. “Unfortunately on my fast lap, which was looking quite good, my DRS broke in the last sector. We tried to fix it in the garage but were not able to go out again.
“Trying for a lap without DRS on different tyres would not have made sense. We now have to try to see what we can do from here and push as much as possible.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg will start in fifth position.