• Spanish Grand Prix

Schumacher satisfied with 'straightforward' day

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher said he extracted the most from his Mercedes © Sutton Images
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Michael Schumacher confessed himself satisfied with his performance after outqualifying team-mate Nico Rosberg for the first time this season.

The seven-time world champion managed a time quick enough for sixth on the grid, two places higher than his fellow German.

"Today's qualifying was straightforward in my view," said Schumacher. "We had a good car yesterday meaning that conditions were quite ideal for us in terms of balance and so on.

"Today admittedly, the car was not as perfect. It is little things that can trigger that change one way or the other, and whatever happened today just triggered us to fall over the edge towards the downside a little.

Schumacher arrived at Spain with upgrades to his mercedes chassis, implemented to suit his driving style better than in previous races. And, as on Friday, he admitted to being far more at ease with the car.

"I feel a lot more comfortable driving the car that I have in my hands now. But there is a maximum that you can get out of it and that is what we have achieved today."