Scheider rues qualifying error

Timo Scheider believes that an error he made early in qualifying led to him only taking third on the grid at Hockenheim, as he was too cautious later in the session

Scheider rues qualifying error

The championship leader damaged his car on his first flying lap when he took too much kerb on the inside at Turn 1, and his Audi A4 jumped up in the air.

Scheider returned to the pits slowly, where his mechanics repaired the car to enable him to get back out in Q2. However, he believes that he was then too cautious in the crucial third segment of qualifying due to his earlier error.

"I made a big mistake, and it was totally my fault," said the German. "I was maybe a bit too careful through Turn 1 after that though, so I lost some time there. But P3 is not too bad, so I'm happy.

"I tried everything in Turn 1 the first time, I thought there was enough space but there wasn't and I hit the bumps and everything fell apart. There wasn't much damage, but the guys did well to fix the car."

Scheider believes that by qualifying third - just behind his title rival Paul di Resta - he proved that he could handle the pressure of the championship fight following his mistake.

"I'm happy that we managed to stay cool and still do some proper lap times," he added. "The pressure was there after my mistake, but we managed it. It was bad, but I'm not unhappy now."

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