Mar.24 (F1 Media) Michael Schumacher will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix from third place on the grid after he put in his best performance in qualifying since coming out of retirement at the beginning of 2010.
The Mercedes driver had been poised to claim a first front-row place since the Japanese Grand Prix of 2006 but was denied in the final moments by McLaren’s Jenson Button who will start alongside pole-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Schumacher, though, admitted he was pleased with third. “Naturally, you would rather be further forward than I am, but quite honestly, from where we have come, I think it’s quite an achievement to be third,” he said. “I have no regrets, just feeling good about it, particularly knowing that we have chosen a car that should work much better in the race. I would rather be compromised for qualifying; that’s a situation, which I hope will pay back tomorrow. It felt nice being in the qualifying press conference for the first time in over five years!”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, will start in eighth place after his final run was compromised by a flat-spotted tyre. “I would obviously like to be further up the grid but I lost some time on my quick lap after a poor first corner which cost me a few tenths and left me with a lot of tyre vibrations for the rest of the lap,” he said.
“However I’m quite confident that we can compete very well tomorrow as we have worked hard on our race pace over the weekend. I hope that I can move forward a few places and score some good points.”