Michael Schumacher’s qualifying strategy was prompted by a fault in his Kinetic Energy Recovery System.
Schumacher will start tenth on the grid having elected not to set a time in Q3. He said:
“Unfortunately in Q3, my KERS system did not work but we reacted in the best possible way. We took the decision to go out on prime tyres to be able to react if other cars did the same.
“As no-one did, we came in without setting a time so we can now choose our strategy for tomorrow. I will certainly try to have another of the good starts that I have made recently, make up some positions right at the beginning, and take it from there.
“With DRS and KERS, overtaking is possible even in Barcelona, so it is important to use your tyres well, and I still have a set of fresh tyres left. I will definitely try to make the best out of it.”
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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