November 17th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Mercedes had a plan, and it partially worked as Michael Schumacher finished his qualifying session in 6th, but teammate Nico Rosberg barely made it to Q2 and finished 17th.
Everyone's job this weekend was to find a way to get the tyres to right temperature, and it seemed as Schumacher's silver bullet got it.
"Qualifying was better than we expected, especially as we have struggled over the weekend and have worked hard to make progress and achieve such a solid job today. Qualifying in sixth place is a good and important position for us as a team.
"I had a good lap in Q3 and everything felt right with the car so we were able to maximize the potential. It will make a big difference here whether you start from the clean or dirty side of the grid, so gaining an extra place due to Grosjean’s penalty was a nice surprise.
"The car looks reasonably consistent for the race and I would like to achieve the maximum result possible tomorrow." Said an optimistic Schumacher.
The other side of the coin showed a struggling Rosberg trying come out live from Q1 to then just finished last in Q2.
"I ran our old exhaust system in qualifying today as part of our evaluation programme for next year. We had already used it yesterday and made the decision to continue for the rest of the weekend to help with the learning process.
"The car felt good this morning in the cool temperatures but the difference to Michael’s car surprised me this afternoon. So I hope that the race pace is better tomorrow and the switch will be worth it. I will definitely push to score points." Rosberg commented.
It is very obvious that Mercedes is concentrated in its 2013 car, reason why performance has been down for several races now.