Michael Schumacher dropped out in the second session of qualifying for the final round of F1 2012 at Interlagos after a disappointing run at Interlagos.
It was a far cry from the drama of his blistering performance in Q2 at the end of his 'first career', before a mechanical failure left him tenth, however the 2012 Mercedes hasn't been the car for that kind of drive since the early rounds of the season.
No-one seriously expected the seven times champion to add to his record career pole tally in Brazil, however Schumacher still felt disappointed afterwards, confessing a desire to see rain in Sunday's Grand Prix.
“For obvious reasons, I am not particularly happy about the qualifying session today," he said. "We might have compromised the car too much for the rain which is expected for tomorrow and was also forecast for qualifying.
“Anyway, my starting position is now quite tricky, and I will have to see what we can make out of it tomorrow. Of course, coming from where I am does not make it easy, but I will definitely try to fight my way up the field.”
Schumacher's compatriot, Nico Rosberg, fared slightly better in the sister Mercedes, making it into the final shootout before winding up tenth.
Given the recent form of the car, not much more could be expected of Rosberg, for whom the 2012 season has turned into an unforgiving slog after the bright start that saw him take his maiden win in China.
“To progress into Q3 and the top ten in qualifying today was a reasonable achievement for us," he said. "Our car set-up was a little compromised due to the race conditions expected tomorrow so we should be in better shape then. You can't change anything after qualifying so I hope we are well prepared and that we have chance to score some good points tomorrow.”
by Philip Barclay