• Monaco Grand Prix

Schumacher accuses team-mate Rosberg of blocking

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher will start from seventh on Sunday © Getty Images

Editor's comment - The gloves are off

Michael Schumacher blamed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for holding him up during the final session of qualifying in Monaco.

Schumacher qualified seventh, one place behind Rosberg, after the Mercedes showed front-row potential in Q2. But while Rosberg took responsibility for his below-par performance, Schumacher was quick to blame his younger team-mate for holding him up in the crucial final session.

"I have to say from my perspective that all of our colleagues drove very fairly," he said. "The only car that blocked me was my team-mate. It's a shame but there you go. It happened in Q3 when there were only ten cars on the track."

Rosberg was distraught with his grid position and said a mistake had cost him a shot at pole. He failed to mention the Schumacher incident.

"I'm very sorry, I'm in a bad mood because I did terribly," he told the BBC. "I should have had pole or at least first row of the grid today because in Q2 it was easy for me to be first with just one set of tyres so I should have been on the front row or just right up there.

"It just went completely wrong in the last qualifying - just didn't get it together - too many laps with traffic and just made a mistake myself. Just a disaster, and very, very disappointing. So I'm really sorry to the whole team that it went so bad."