Michael Schumacher insisted he had given it his all in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, despite ending the session down in 13th place.
On what turned out to another tough day for Mercedes, Schumacher failed to make it through to Q3 for the fourth time this season, with the German admitting that he just wasn't quick enough to do better.
“Well, what a pity today,” he reflected. “I am really sorry for my fans but I am afraid I have to say that I got pretty much everything that we could from today. The car was not quick enough, and especially in the mid-sector we were too slow.
“We now have to take it as it is and try to do the best we can in the race tomorrow. We will have further steps coming soon, so we will go on fighting.”
Team boss Ross Brawn admitted that the performance 'wasn't good enough' with Nico Rosberg failing to even make it out of Q1 having lost vital track time in the morning with a gearbox failure that has resulted in him taking a five-place penalty for the race.
“It's been a disappointing day all round for us,” he said. “Qualifying was tough, and it proved pretty tricky to get the tyres in the right operating window. In fairness to Nico, he didn't have much of a chance as he missed most of P3 this morning, the only opportunity to have had some time on a dry track.
“Michael had a reasonable run and that was about the best we could have achieved with the car that we have at the moment. Clearly it's not good enough and we will continue working very hard to make improvements.”