Schumacher baffled over lack of pace
27 October 2012 – Michael Schumacher was almost at a loss for words when asked why he was unable to make Q3 qualifying in India on Saturday. Whereas team-mate Nico Rosberg achieved the cut, the seven-time Champion was left 14th which is where he will start on Sunday.
“We had a tough qualifying session today and I cannot yet really explain why, particularly when I compare the times to what I did this morning,” the Mercedes driver began.
“In practice, we were able to run similar lap times with much more fuel in the car but, for whatever reason, we were unable to get the tyres into the right working window and generate enough grip this afternoon. That means I am starting from quite an unpromising position tomorrow, but it also makes our tactics much simpler: we have to look forward and battle hard.”
In Q3, Rosberg made an appearance to bed in a set of Hard compound tyres. To save tyres, he then dived into the pit lane and settled for tenth place on the grid.