Michael Schumacher has confirmed that there were no technical problems with his Mercedes W02 as the seven-time World Champion remains mystified by the large gap between himself and Nico Rosberg during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Schumacher qualified eighth – more than a second slower than Rosberg, who starts third – despite having previously matched Sebastian Vettel's pace in the final free practice session.
"There were no issues with car," Schumacher said in the team's media briefing later. "It seemed to have functioned fine.
"Being off by more than a second, for sure we had less fuel in the car in qualifying than we had this morning [in practice], I'm struggling to understand myself at the moment why it didn't go any quicker. Certainly there weren't any obvious mistakes in the lap, it's clear that I didn't have the grip available and was sliding around. Why that was the case I don't know, maybe I was unlucky with a set of tires or maybe I have been doing something that I am not aware of or the team is not aware of, that's the way it goes."
Asked about his gameplan for the race, he replied: "Move forward."