• Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Mercedes resigned to grid placings

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

Both Mercedes drivers said that their respective grid positions at Monza were the best they could have accomplished under the circumstances.

Nico Rosberg yet again outqualified his more experienced team-mate, the younger German lining up seventh on the grid with Michael Schumacher back down in 12th.

"Seventh place is definitely the best performance that was possible for us today so both I and the team can be pleased with that," said Rosberg. "However we obviously want to be further up the grid so we shouldn't get too used to being happy with such results. In race trim, we are probably a little stronger than in qualifying, so I can hopefully gain a place or two tomorrow if something happens amongst the top six guys, and look to achieve some good points."

Schumacher confessed himself less than happy with his performance as he again struggled to find a good balance with his car.

"I am obviously not very happy with our qualifying today but my position is probably what my car was giving me," said Schumacher. "We did not have a perfect balance, especially in some corners where the car was a bit loose, but then we did not come here expecting to achieve a great performance.

"However the race will be long tomorrow and having been welcomed so nicely by all of my Italian fans, I obviously wish to at least grab some points for them."