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Mixed emotions for Mercedes drivers in Hungary

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher yet again struggled with the balance of his Mercedes © Getty Images

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were left with mixed emotions after enduring contrasting fortunes in Saturday's qualifying session.

Rosberg was delighted to wind up sixth on the grid whilst Schumacher was left ruing a set-up choice that backfired as he missed out on Q3, eventually qualifying 14th.

"I'm pleased to be starting from sixth place as we didn't think we would be that far forward today, so it's an unexpected and pleasant surprise," said Rosberg.

"We are a long way from the front which is a concern but we took everything that we could from today and I am happy with our performance. We did a very good job with the set-up which meant we could get the best out of the car. Hopefully I can have a good start and our aim as always is to make up a few more places and get some decent points again."

While Rosberg was pleased with the set-up of his Mercedes, the same could not be said of the seven-time world champion who struggled as the track temperature increased.

"Obviously qualifying was not ideal for us today," said Schumacher. "After yesterday's performance, we purposely went for a different set-up which was supposed to tell us more about the car and was targeted more towards the race. It seemed to be reasonable this morning but as the track became hotter in qualifying, it went against us.

"Our set-up should work better in the race although starting from 14th place does not make it easy. Being on the dirty side of the starting grid does not specifically help, but I will certainly try again to have a good start tomorrow. And from then on we will have to see how the race develops."