Michael Schumacher says Mercedes face a “major job” to improve their car after he failed to reach the top ten in qualifying.
Schumacher said the team didn’t understand why they were off the pace after going well in pre-season testing:
“After winter testing, coming to the first race we had expected different performance so, naturally, there is some disappointment.
“The times we’ve done in testing, they were very clear and we had a good interpretation, we didn’t manage this performance here and we have to understand why we didn’t. And that’s going to be the major job that we have in front of us.”
He missed out on Q3 by a tenth of a second despite using fresh soft tyres in Q2:
“The soft tyres was working for more than one lap so I used that for first qualifying and second qualifying, and then went to a new set after.
“We had a bit of issues with KERS not working so it was a bit of an inconsistent session. But anyway, I don’t know exactly what was the problem with Nico [Rosberg], but over the weekend we are not where we are supposed to be.”
He said that even with the Drag Reduction System overtaking may not prove easy in tomorrow’s race:
“You need to be quicker to be able to overtake! If I am slower all those gimmicks don’t help you very much. We’ll find out.”
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