Mercedes man Nico Rosberg was 'pleased' after qualifying for the F1 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix today and he admitted that sixth on the grid was much more than he had been expecting.
Rosberg had finished final practice this morning in eighth, but did more than enough this afternoon to get through Q1 and Q2 and eventually secure P6 for tomorrow's grand prix. In the end his best lap was a 1 minute 21.082 seconds, more than two tenths up on Vitaly Petrov, who led the charge for Renault.
"I'm pleased to be starting from sixth place as we didn't think we would be that far forward today, so it's an unexpected and pleasant surprise," Rosberg stated. "We are a long way from the front which is a concern but we took everything that we could from today and I am happy with our performance.
"We did a very good job with the set-up which meant we could get the best out of the car. Hopefully I can have a good start and our aim as always is to make up a few more places and get some decent points again."
Team-mate Michael Schumacher however, did not do so well in the sister car and he will start down in 14th, the fourth time in the last five races he has not made it into the top-ten shoot-out.
"Obviously qualifying was not ideal for us today," said Schumacher. "After yesterday's performance, we purposely went for a different set-up which was supposed to tell us more about the car and was targeted more towards the race. It seemed to be reasonable this morning but as the track became hotter in qualifying, it went against us.
"Our set-up should work better in the race although starting from 14th place does not make it easy. Being on the dirty side of the starting grid does not specifically help, but I will certainly try again to have a good start tomorrow. And from then on we will have to see how the race develops."
Mercedes Grand Prix boss, Ross Brawn meanwhile had mixed feelings and while he was pleased to see Rosberg deliver, he was disappointed for Schumacher, who again struggled.
"We've had a challenging weekend with the cars here so far. We did make some progress this morning prior to qualifying and clearly we got the car to suit Nico and he did an excellent job this afternoon.
"However we did not find the right solutions for Michael which was not helped by some vibration problems on his last set of tyres in Q2. I must compliment Nico on a really great job and achieving a strong starting position which is as good as we could have hoped given the performance of the car at the moment," Brawn summed-up.