Schumi gutted at lack of pace

Sat, 07 May 15:23:00 2011

Michael Schumacher admitted that he was hugely disappointed to qualify only eighth on the grid for the Turkish Grand Prix, having shown strong pace in the final practice session on Saturday morning.

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The Mercedes driver ended up recording a lap more than a second slower than that of his team-mate Nico Rosberg in Q3 - who starts from third on the grid – having matched Sebastian Vettel's pace during P3.

Schumacher said afterwards that he was mystified as to where the laptime had gone during qualifying.

"I'm not happy at all, being so far off, that's a bit unusual," he told the BBC. "It didn't really work out at all. The grip for whatever reason wasn't there compared to what I had this morning.

"I struggled already in Q2. The track certainly was better than it was this morning, but we couldn't reproduce what we did this morning. So, we need to understand what's going on.

"The more I pushed, the more things went wrong, and in the end there was no grip left."

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