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Mercedes happy to sit out Q3

22 September 2012


Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosbeg have expressed their satisfaction with qualifying ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

The pair decided not to run in Q3 to save tyres for the race meaning Schumacher qualified ninth, with Rosberg in tenth, something both drivers' felt was a move worth making: “I am reasonably pleased with our qualifying result, considering what we have seen this weekend,” Schumacher said.

“Of course, we could have tried to make up one or two positions, although this would have been very difficult. However we decided to give up this possibility in favour of the fact that we now have a fresh set and free choice of tyres going into the race.

“We decided this strategy after the final practice session, and after seeing who made it into Q3, we went for it. Hopefully we can make the best of this choice tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, team-mate Nico Rosberg also see's the benefit in saving tyres for the race: “Our new updates are working reasonably well this weekend, although it will definitely take some more time to optimise the package,” said the German.

“After not taking part in Q3, we will have more opportunities for the race tomorrow, and we can decide whether we want to start on the soft or supersoft tyre. It should be an interesting race, so let's see what we can do.”

“We've made good progress over the weekend with our new aerodynamic package which is encouraging. This weekend has been the first opportunity for Michael and Nico to try the upgrades, and it has taken a little while to get the set-up into a reasonable shape. Given the closeness of the second part of the grid, we made a strategic decision not to go out for a lap in Q3, and we're happy to have the choice of tyres and new sets for the race tomorrow,” summarised team principal, Ross Brawn.


by Dan Connor


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