Michael Schumacher was left frustrated following qualifying for the F1 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.
Schumacher had gone well in practice and had been second fastest this morning in FP3. However in the top-ten shoot-out, he could only post the eighth best time, and while he will no doubt take some encouragement from the fact it is his first top-ten start of the year, the gap to team-mate, Nico Rosberg, will be of concern, as the 25-year-old was more than a second quicker.
“Understandably I am not happy at all with today's qualifying. It was just strange, it seemed that the more I pushed on my last lap, the more went wrong,” Schumacher said.
“I was at the limit of what I had in my hand but the car was just sliding around and therefore I never got into my rhythm. It's a real shame after this morning's promising session.”
Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile made no mention of Schumacher's problems in the team's post-Q release and he instead focused on how the team has closed up on Red Bull.
“We're pleased with the steady progress that we've made over the last couple of races,” Brawn remarked. “At the start of the season, we said that the car had more potential then we were extracting from it, and that's now being proven true.
“There haven't been any dramatic changes; the team and drivers have just kept their calm, and worked hard to get our package sorted. I'm now hoping we can have a good race tomorrow.”