Wickens determined to “give it my best shot.”

The tables have quite literally turned on Mercedes-Benz this afternoon during qualifying at the Moscow Raceway, as only Robert Wickens, Daniel Juncadella and Paul Di Resta made it into Q2 this afternoon. However, the trio were over a second and a half behind eventual pole sitter Maxime Martin during qualifying.

The Canadian, who won at Norisring last time out, felt that it really had been a weekend of ups and downs so far during the season, as he ended up 14th on the grid for the race tomorrow.

Even with the assistance of the allowances that the DMSB have made in terms of practice sessions and an additional test for Mercedes-Benz, the long road of hard work is still to come for the most successful manufacturer in the series’ 30 year history.

“I was happy with the car in first practice, then we made some changes for the second session that didn’t work as we’d hoped,” said the former World Series by Renault 3.5 Champion.

He admitted that he will do his best, having already scored points finishes this season, even with the deficit that Mercedes-Benz has had during qualifying for around the last 18 months: “My goal for the race now is to finish in the points. It won’t be easy, but I’ve started from further back before and still secured points.”