Mercedes man Nico Rosberg has said seventh was 'definitely' the best he could have hoped for today in qualifying for this Sunday's F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Rosberg, who was sixth in final practice this morning, put in a solid performance during the top-ten shoot-out to ensure he will start 'best of the rest' behind the Ferrari's, McLaren's and Red Bull's.

His quickest lap was a 1 minute 23.027 seconds, which left him more than a second off the pole time set by Fernando Alonso - and 0.010 seconds up on Nico Hulkenberg's Williams in eighth.

"Seventh place is definitely the best performance that was possible for us today so both I and the team can be pleased with that," Rosberg reflected. "However we obviously want to be further up the grid so we shouldn't get too used to being happy with such results.

"In race trim, we are probably a little stronger than in qualifying, so I can hopefully gain a place or two tomorrow if something happens amongst the top six guys, and look to achieve some good points."

Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile was once again unable to do as well in the sister MGP W01 and for the fifth time in the last six races he went out in Q2. He was not pleased and will start the race from twelfth.

"I am obviously not very happy with our qualifying today but my position is probably what my car was giving me," Schumacher stated. "We did not have a perfect balance, especially in some corners where the car was a bit loose, but then we did not come here expecting to achieve a great performance.

"However the race will be long tomorrow and having been welcomed so nicely by all of my Italian fans here, I obviously wish to at least grab some points for them."

Mercedes Grand Prix team principal, Ross Brawn, added: "The team and drivers have done a good job so far this weekend to get the most out of the car. It was a particularly good effort from Nico today to achieve seventh position with a strong run in Q3.

"We have a good high fuel set-up so we have done the work required for the race and can hope to pick up a place or two with both cars. Whilst we are not pushing the guys right at the front, we are maintaining our position just behind them, and with our focus firmly on 2011, that is our aim for the rest of this year," Brawn summed-up.

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