"We had a tough qualifying session today and I cannot yet really explain why, particularly when I compare the times to what I did this morning," said Schumacher afterwards. "In practice, we were able to run similar lap times with much more fuel in the car but, for whatever reason, we were unable to get the tyres into the right working window and generate enough grip this afternoon.
"That means I am starting from quite an unpromising position tomorrow, but it also makes our tactics much simpler," he pointed out. "We have to look forward and battle hard."
Brawn added, "Michael was unfortunately unable to progress beyond Q2, and he was less comfortable with the car balance than he had been in practice this morning."