• Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

'Others have gone forward, we've stood still' - Schumacher

ESPN Staff
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Michael Schumacher: "Others have gone forward and we have stood still and that is why we are where we are." © Sutton Images
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Michael Schumacher is looking to the Singapore Grand Prix for Mercedes to return to the battle at the front after qualifying 13th for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Neither Mercedes looked competitive at Spa-Francorchamps with the car suffering from the same weaknesses that troubled the team in Hungary. Relative to its competitors, Mercedes is losing time in long corners and Schumacher said it would not be until the Singapore Grand Prix that the team has some updates to help the situation.

"After Monza we will probably see our car improved," he said. "So far we haven't really done much because it's a process that will come in time and that will happen after Monza. In the meantime we have to live with what we have and probably say that this and the race before probably didn't suit our car at all. Others have gone forward and we have stood still and that is why we are where we are."

Nico Rosberg will start 23rd after a gearbox problem in final practice not only saw him penalised but also deprived of set-up time. He said he was not optimistic for Sunday's race.

"This weekend isn't really running to plan so far. Starting from the back of the grid tomorrow is really disappointing, although I had no chance to prepare my car due to the gearbox problem this morning. So it took a bit of a time to find the right set-up in qualifying and it didn't work out well at the end. I hope I can gain some positions in the race but I'm not overly optimistic as our car is not one of the quickest on this track. I will definitely push hard."