Schumacher leads Mercedes charge from fourth
8 September 2012 – Michael Schumacher will spearhead the Mercedes attack at Monza, starting from fourth on the grid thanks to Paul di Resta’s penalty. With Nico Rosberg just two places behind, the silver arrows stand a chance of a genuinely strong race result.
Although the Brackley cars have been off the pace in recent races, Mercedes are making the most of their Super DRS which excels on long straights, as it did in China when Rosberg stormed to both pole position and the win at Round 3.
“I think we can be satisfied with our qualifying performance, as we have performed consistently all weekend,” Schumacher begins, having won at Monza on no less than five occasions between 1996 and 2006. “Our car clearly suits this circuit more than at the last races, but we've had a couple of hiccups along the way in practice.
“Our guys back at the factory and here at the track did a good job to sort out the problems and compliments to them. Solid points should be a realistic target for tomorrow. The fact that I will start from fourth is another small positive point because here the even numbers on the grid are probably the better start positions.”
Rosberg was also pleased with the team’s general performance, but added that he lost the right balance for his car and was therefore unable to improve in the closing stages.