Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

Schumacher “not happy at all” with eighth

2011 Turkish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2011

Michael Schumacher was unhappy at qualifying over a second behind team mate Nico Rosberg.

Schumacher lines up eighth for tomorrow’s race, five places behind Rosberg. He said: “No, I’m not happy al all.

“Being so far off, that’s a bit unusual. It didn’t really work out at all. The grip, for whatever reason, just wasn’t there compared to what I had this morning.

“I struggled already in Q2 and the track certainly was better than it was this morning and we couldn’t reproduce what we did this morning. So we need to understand what’s going on.

“The more I pushed, the more things went wrong and just in the end there was no grip left.”

Team principal Ross Brawn would not be drawn on the details of the “magic paddle” Schumacher was told about during qualifying – other than to confirm both cars have the device.

But he did say the team had made no major changes to the car this weekend:

“Interesting business, Formula 1, because we haven’t made any dramatic changes to the car, we’ve just got it working properly.

“Hopefully we can start to bring some improvements that do work now. But a great effort by everybody, I’m really pleased.”

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