Michael Schumacher will start his final Grand Prix in Brazil from an unlucky 13th place, having gained a place from his original position thanks to Pastor Maldonado’s penalty.
The former champion is determined to go out on a high, and says that a move towards a wet set-up handicapped him today but will help him in Sunday’s rain – although most top drivers say that there’s not much that can be done these days to tune a car for the wet.
“It was obviously not very exciting, quite honestly,” he said when asked about his day by this writer. “Yesterday looked pretty reasonable, today we didn’t look that strong in comparison so what we were able to do yesterday.
“Obviously I was focussing a little bit more towards tomorrow, on top of this one I didn’t get the tyres spot-on for their use, so as a combination we ended up where we did. Nevertheless I don’t think we had a great potential for qualifying, but we probably have a reasonable car for tomorrow.”
As to whether getting to the finish would be a priority, he said: “It’s not important climbing out of the car at the end of the race, it’s important what position I might do so, and obviously the better the more exciting it will be.
“From where I come I feel a little bit off-set, so there’s going to be some excitement, particularly in the conditions that we face tomorrow. I very much look forward to this, because that offers lots more opportunities.”