• Nürburgring, Saturday: Norbert: “Hopefully we can be in the mix for a top five result tomorrow”

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualified in sixth and tenth places for the German Grand Prix in today’s qualifying session at the Nürburgring. Michael suffered a KERS failure during third practice, but this was resolved in time for qualifying.

After the session, Ross said that sixth position for Nico was the best he could have achieved from the car today: “Michael was less happy with his balance, and had a moment on his final lap, but we still have a reasonable base for tomorrow with both drivers starting in the top ten. We have made good progress over the weekend in understanding how to use our new aerodynamic package, and hope to consolidate that work in race conditions. We have also learned this weekend that Silverstone doesn’t have a monopoly on cold and wet summers! The forecast for tomorrow remains mixed and, while wet weather brings no guarantees, it always presents us with opportunities.”

Norbert also felt that starting ahead of one of the top three teams' drivers is the best result that we can currently achieve. “Nico did an excellent job extracting everything possible from our car in qualifying. Michael had a little moment in the last chicane and found his car generally not as well balanced as yesterday. Tomorrow our target will be to score as many points as possible and hopefully we can be in the mix for a top five result - the forecast says rain, so tomorrow will be quite unpredictable.”