Nico Rosberg successfully overcame his problems in final practice to qualify a solid sixth for the 2013 F1 Italian Grand Prix.
Rosberg was left on the backfoot this morning when he missed virtually all of P3 due to a hydraulics problem.
Despite that though, he made it through to the top-ten shootout – unlike his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton
, who will start twelfth – and will now line-up on the third row, alongside Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
“Starting from sixth place is not where we want to be, however considering that I didn't get any running in the final practice session this morning because of an hydraulics problem, it's not too bad,” Rosberg reasoned.
“I had to take our set-up from yesterday and I just didn't feel comfortable in the car throughout qualifying, particularly with a lot of understeer.
“For tomorrow, I hope the set-up will work out better as I had a good long run on Friday. There's also the chance of rain and we know that our car is very quick in the wet, so we can still hope for a good race.”
Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn and Mercedes motorsport director, Toto Wolff meanwhile were both disappointed with the way qualifying panned out.
“Unfortunately, that was our worst qualifying session of the year. With the standards we set ourselves, that makes this result a real disappointment,” Brawn stated. “However, Nico recovered well after losing almost the entire morning practice session with an hydraulic problem. The consequence of that sort of problem is that he missed the opportunity to fine-tune the balance of the car, which was not fully to his liking in qualifying.
“On Lewis' side of the garage, we simply couldn't get a clear timed lap on the two critical runs and that left him outside the top ten, in spite of showing decent pace on the hard tyres in Q1.
"Looking to tomorrow, it will be a tough race for us if it stays dry. However there is some rain in the forecast. Let's hope it comes!”
“That was definitely not the qualifying result we had been working for,” Wolff chipped in.
“There's no positive spin we can put on the afternoon; it simply reminds us of the price you pay when preparations don't go smoothly.”