Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz were sanguine about their 11th and 12th starting positions in qualifying for the European Grand Prix, neither driver entirely satisfied but at the same time not ruling out a points finish come the race.

Having been remarkably evenly matched throughout practice, Rosberg and Wurz were just as close following the first knockout session, both drivers getting comfortably inside the top ten.

However, with the positions in the mid-field proving remarkably close during the second qualifying session, both Rosberg and Wurz missed out on the crucial hundredths needed to make the top ten shootout.

Rosberg led the way in 11th, the German complaining of traffic, but admitting the understeer his car suffered would not have made him much quicker if he had reached the shootout. Now optimally positioned to cater his strategy, Rosberg is content to start on the sixth row.

"Today I really got everything I could out of the car but I think a position in the top ten could have been possible. What cost me time was the traffic I met in the last corner of my fastest lap. I had so much understeer behind the car in front and that cost me the tenth and a half I needed to make it into Q3. Anyway, 11th is better than 10th, because we now have the option of what strategy to go for tomorrow and points are possible from this position."

Wurz however was rather more frustrated to miss the Q3 cut, the Austrian's typically high expectations seeing him hope for around eighth position on the grid.

"It was so tight today. I missed Q3 by such a small margin. I was very close to Nico and looking good for a place in the top ten because I've felt really comfortable with the car every time I've been out on track. I was hoping to finish 8th.

"Twelfth is acceptable, but I'm not really happy. I'm disappointed because we are competitive and I should have done better today. The Renaults and Webber picked up some speed right at the last minute as well which hurt us."

Nonetheless, points are the aim for both drivers and although Sam Michael was disappointed not to get either car inside the top ten, he believes the team have the pace to challenge for a top eight finish.

"It was frustrating not to get both cars into the top ten as we looked close enough all weekend to do that. However, from 11th and 12th on the grid, we're free to work with our fuel strategy so we'll put all efforts and concentration into that now. The long run pace of the car has been good as well. We'll now look to make some progress up the order tomorrow with the target of getting points."

 

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