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Schumacher fails to match aims

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg struggle during qualifying for the German Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher failed to achieve his aim of a top six qualifying position at Hockenheim but admitted that eleventh was the best he could have hoped for on the grid for the German Grand Prix.

The seven-time title winner had been on the pace in second Friday practice to leave him confident of fighting for a place on the front three rows of the grid.

However, Schumacher failed to make it through to Q3 after countryman Nico Hulkenberg knocked him out of qualifying at the end of Q2 and he admitted afterwards that he had given it his all and just didn't have the speed in the car.

"There isn't much more to say about qualifying other than the result was what was achievable for us today,” he said. “Clearly it was disappointing because we had expected to be able to fight for fifth or sixth place but from the difference between our two cars, you can see our results are what the potential was.

“If I want to find something positive, it is that at least I will be starting from the better side of the grid and in the end, I prefer eleventh to tenth place because of that. I had some issues with my brakes during qualifying but I do not rate that a real factor for the performance today. We are a bit stronger in race pace than in qualifying but we clearly wanted to achieve more for our fans. Let's hope that tomorrow the race will develop in a way that we can still show them something."

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was also left disappointed by qualifying as, despite making it through to Q3, he could only manage ninth on the grid.

"I was hoping for a strong weekend here in Hockenheim in front of our fans but unfortunately I struggled a lot in qualifying today,” he said. “It's really disappointing and it seems that we are just not making our developments work as well as we hoped this weekend which we need to look into. I hope that we find the problem with the car otherwise it is difficult to explain why we are not closer to the front.

“I had a lot of oversteer and that made it really difficult as I had to keep coming down on the front wing levels which did not help. I will do my best tomorrow to achieve a good result but it will be difficult from this position."



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Ryan - Unregistered

July 24, 2010 6:31 PM

I don't know how many of you understand F1 but in Q2 Schumi was only 8 thousandths behind rosberg, which is **** all, and the Mercedes was 9th and 10th in Q1 so this is obviously where the car is at in qualifying terms, oh well doesn't matter Schumi will get a new pair of boots to start with and rosberg wont, I'm thinking Schumi to beat rosberg tomorrow

Bob 123 - Unregistered

July 24, 2010 11:56 PM

I'm a big schumey fan boy, he's had some unlucky races and he's ballsed some of them up. He's been struggling in qualifying this year but he has been quite consistent in races, I believe he will become good in time. If he doesn't at least he has had the guts to try where most wouldn't of bothered after three years of retirement



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