Michael Schumacher on Saturday insisted it is not fair to suggest he is once again struggling to keep up with his teammate.

Michael Schumacher on Saturday insisted it is not fair to suggest he is once again struggling to keep up with his teammate.

After a better weekend versus Nico Rosberg in Spain a week ago, the seven time world champion has once again qualified behind the 24-year-old on the streets of Monaco -- where Schumacher won no less than five times in his former career.

But the 41-year-old said it is too simplistic to say the reversion to the older short-wheelbase car is the reason for the half-tenth gap to Rosberg.

"We are five hundredths apart. That is less than a blink of an eye. I think everyone can say where he could have found that," Schumacher said after qualifying.

He also insisted that he is not bothered that, once again, Rosberg has the upper hand.

"For me it is more about the general situation than whether I am a little in front of or behind Nico. And when you are talking about half a tenth ...

"Instead, we have to look at what is our goal, which is to fight for the championship. We have to win races, but in our situation that is not yet possible.

"That is more of what is important," said the German, who qualified seventh, one place behind Rosberg and eight tenths off Mark Webber's pole.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:15.035 1:14.462 1:13.826 25
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:15.045 1:14.549 1:14.120 28
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:15.110 1:14.568 1:14.227 23
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:14.757 1:14.405 1:14.283 23
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.676 1:14.527 1:14.432 31
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:15.188 1:14.375 1:14.544 18
7 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:15.649 1:14.691 1:14.590 23
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.623 1:15.150 1:14.637 28
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:15.590 1:15.083 1:14.901 29
10 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:15.397 1:15.061 1:15.170 27
11 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.030 1:15.317   19
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:15.445 1:15.318   18
13 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:15.961 1:15.413   21
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:15.482 1:15.576   19
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.908 1:15.692   20
16 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.175 1:15.992   21
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:16.021 1:16.176   20
18 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.094     11
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.134     12
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.377     12
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.864     12
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:18.509     12
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:19.559     14
24 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time     0

Be part of something big