• Montreal, Saturday: Norbert, “It was a respectable performance from our team and drivers.”

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in sixth and eighth places at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal today ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Nico and Michael qualified within 0.05s of each other with their quickest lap times in Q3 this afternoon. Both drivers completed just 14 laps in total, and only one run in each of the three qualifying sessions. Each has saved one set of new option tyres for the race by completing a single run in Q3

Ross described today’s qualifying session as “solid” for both the drivers and the team: “We have given ourselves a decent chance with the tyres and have a set of new options left for both drivers for the race, so overall it was a pretty decent afternoon. We know for the future that we have to find some lap time but so far, we have made the best of what we have this weekend.”

Norbert was happy with what he called a “respectable performance”: “Nico in sixth place was eight-tenths behind Vettel's pole time, while Michael was five-hundredths, and two positions, behind his team-mate. In practice this morning, we focused on race simulation work and our lap times looked quite ok; as a result, we saved tyres in qualifying. With two runs in Q3, we might have been able to climb a position or two on the grid. However, a fresh set of tyres for tomorrow will be even more beneficial - if it stays dry, of course.”