Turkish GP Mercedes GP Qualifying Report

Turkish GP Mercedes GP Qualifying Report

Istanbul Park

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS

2011 TURKISH GRAND PRIX - ISTANBUL PARK

QUALIFYING

MERCEDES GP PETRONAS delivered its strongest qualifying performance of the 2011 season so far this afternoon at the Turkish Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher took third and eighth positions respectively in cool and sunny conditions at the Istanbul Park circuit.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP F1 Team
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP F1 Team

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• Both MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers qualified in the top ten for the first time in 2011. • Nico Rosberg's third place on the grid represents his best qualifying performance since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix and his second consecutive second-row start in 2011. • Michael Schumacher will start from eighth position, his first top-ten start of the 2011 season, but he had expected an even stronger performance after placing second in practice this morning. • Both drivers saved one set of new soft tyres for the race, after using hard tyres in Q1 and one set of new soft tyres each in Q2 and Q3 respectively.

NICO ROSBERG

"I'm very happy with our performance in qualifying and it's amazing to see where we are right now. After a difficult start to the season, we are getting closer to the front and I'm pleased that we are making a small step forward each weekend: thank you to the team for a great job so far. We saved one set of new soft tyres for the race, which will be important in terms of strategy. I'm really looking forward to the race."

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP F1 Team
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP F1 Team

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"Understandably I am not happy at all with today's qualifying. It was just strange, it seemed that the more I pushed on my last lap, the more went wrong. I was at the limit of what I had in my hand but the car was just sliding around and therefore I never got into my rhythm. It's a real shame after this morning's promising session."

ROSS BRAWN

I'm now hoping we can have a good race tomorrow

Ross Brawn

"We're pleased with the steady progress that we've made over the last couple of races. At the start of the season, we said that the car had more potential then we were extracting from it, and that's now being proven true. There haven't been any dramatic changes; the team and drivers have just kept their calm, and worked hard to get our package sorted. I'm now hoping we can have a good race tomorrow."

NORBERT HAUG

Third place behind Sebastian and Mark is a good result for us

Norbert Haug

"It was a great lap from Nico and everybody in the team has done a very good job to improve the car consistently over the last two Grands Prix. Third place behind Sebastian and Mark is a good result for us and our guys have worked extremely hard. Michael did not get the perfect lap in Q3, after being second fastest during the morning session, but with a good start from his place on the fourth row, he can improve in the race."

Driver Car No. Chassis No. Practice 3 Qualifying 1 Qualifying 2 Qualifying 3
Nico Rosberg 8 MGP W02 / 07 P4 P9 1:27.514 P2 1:25.801 P3 1:25.574
Michael Schumacher 7 MGP W02 / 01 P2 P12 1:27.697 P5 1:26.121 P8 1:26.646

Weather Sunny Temperatures Air: 18-19°C Track: 35-38°C


Source: Mercedes GP

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Ross Brawn , Norbert Haug , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Tags brawn, haug, mercedes, qualifying, rosberg, schumacher, turkish gp