Michael Schumacher was left to rue traffic during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix after securing seventh on the grid at Albert Park.

The seven-time champion, who will start the second race of his F1 comeback one place behind team-mate Nico Rosberg on the grid, lost time on his quick lap in Q3 after encountering the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso on his in-lap.

While that prevented Schumacher from possibly going quicker, the German said he was 'okay' with the outcome and was confident that he has performance in hand for race day.

"We had a reasonable qualifying session today and I am ok with the outcome even if I was a bit handicapped by traffic, especially on my final quick lap," he said. "We made some changes with the car after practice this morning which did not work out perfectly. But in general I would guess the ranking that we see now reflects the situation well and our performance is probably the maximum for our car at the moment.

"Anyhow, we still have a lot in hand for tomorrow's race, and I am on the clean side of the grid for the start. As we all know, a lot can happen over the course of a race."

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