Michael Schumacher could enjoy one of the best races of his season after qualifying fifth for his penultimate F1 start in Austin.
Schumacher took sixth place on merit and then gained a further spot from Romain Grosjean’s gearbox penalty. Crucially he is on the clean side of the track.
“We were anticipating just to get into the top 10,” he said when asked about qualifying by this blog. “That’s what we were thinking could be good for maybe seventh or eighth as a max. For it to be six and then five for the known reason is welcome, particularly being on the right side of the grid.”
Schumacher says that he got the tyres to work in qualifying, when drivers had to run several laps to get them into the operating window.
“The point is that the tyres are very crucial, we’ve known this all year long. Here they are maybe a little bit more peaky, because of their behaviour because of the track conditions and the circumstances.
“It was clearly going out for that lap, because I tried already the lap before, or two laps before that, to set a time, and it wasn’t yet ready. Just everything was switched on and was there. The balance then fitted as well in that circumstance.”