Mercedes team out to lunch in Canada Michael Schumacher was at a loss to explain the handling problems that saw him miss out on Q3 and qualify 13th at the Canadian Grand Prix.
He struggled for grip throughout the session and then when he came under pressure to clock a fast lap, he made a mistake at the final chicane and had to skip the corner altogether.
"I am obviously disappointed after today's qualifying," he said. "We simply did not have the balance or grip and overall we had a lot of problems with braking and handling. The car was just not performing as we expected. We had similar issues yesterday afternoon and we made some changes after second practice. This morning, the changes seemed to have made sense as our position was reasonable but this afternoon, I was facing similar issues again. It's difficult to understand the reasons at the moment but we will look deeply into it now and find a good strategy for the race tomorrow."
Schumacher's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished 10th and said the car's problem tire related.
"That wasn't a great qualifying session for us today. We have a good car here this weekend but unfortunately we couldn't get the tires to work properly this afternoon," he said. "That was the big issue for us today. The harder tire wasn't too bad in Q1 but we struggled with the option later on and there was just no more lap time to be had. It is very disappointing to be starting in tenth place but anything can happen in the race so we can only look forward and take advantage where possible tomorrow."
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