Michael Schumacher has said the reason he failed to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out in qualifying today in Canada was because he simply did not have the balance or grip needed to go faster.
Schumacher progressed easily to Q2 in his Mercedes GP W01. However, he missed the cut for Q3 and will line-up in 13th place, behind the Williams' of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg. It is the first time this season the record-breaking multiple F1 world champion has failed to make it into the final session and the German was not at all happy.
"I am obviously disappointed after today's qualifying," Schumacher confirmed. "We simply did not have the balance or grip and overall we had a lot of problems with braking and handling. The car was just not performing as we expected.
"We had similar issues yesterday afternoon and we made some changes after second practice. This morning, the changes seemed to have made sense as our position was reasonable but this afternoon, I was facing similar issues again. It's difficult to understand the reasons at the moment but we will look deeply into it now and find a good strategy for the race tomorrow."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg meanwhile did make it into Q3 and was seventh in the second session. He then struggled in the shoot-out though and was slowest of the ten runners on a 1m 16.071s.
"That wasn't a great qualifying session for us today. We have a good car here this weekend but unfortunately we couldn't get the tyres to work properly this afternoon. That was the big issue for us today," Rosberg explained.
"The harder tyre wasn't too bad in Q1 but we struggled with the option later on and there was just no more lap time to be had. It is very disappointing to be starting in tenth place but anything can happen in the race so we can only look forward and take advantage where possible tomorrow."
Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn and Mercedes president, Norbert Haug, were both less than pleased.
"A very disappointing qualifying session for us today, particularly as I was quite encouraged by our performance yesterday and this morning," Brawn continued. "However when it came to qualifying, we just weren't able to put our laps together. We tried both the prime and option tyres but finding the performance seemed to get away from us. There was very little difference between the tyres and ultimately we struggled to get the best out of them."
Haug added: "Not the best possible result for us today. We certainly didn't extract the maximum out of our cars and the tyres. But tomorrow we will possibly be in a better position."