Schumacher fails to shine in rain

Schumacher starts six places behind Rosberg in Malaysia

Schumacher starts six places behind Rosberg in Malaysia

The third race weekend of Michael Schumacher’s F1 comeback doesn’t seem to be going much better than the first two.

That was despite a wet qualifying session giving the man they called ‘Regenmeister’ an opportunity to demonstrate the skills that won him many wet F1 races.

Team mate Nico Rosberg out-qualified him by more than a second on the same track, on the same tyres, at the same time.

Schumacher was also out-qualified by both Williams drivers and Robert Kubica’s Renault – all cars that don’t belong in front of a Mercedes W01.

Schumacher’s trials in the Mercedes had previously been put down to his lack of time testing the car, and needing to get up-to-speed with the new specification Bridgestone rubber.

But I can’t have been alone in thinking that, shown a wet piece of track, Schumacher would return to his old form. Instead, he was even further behind Rosberg than usual.

He started the session well. Mercedes, like McLaren and Ferrari, sent their cars out later on the wet track in Q1. But both their drivers succeeded in setting a fast enough time on their sole runs to make it safety into Q2.

Schumacher’s first lap was a 1’52.239, almost matching Jenson Button’s which he set at the same time. It was also three-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg’s effort.

But in Q3 Rosberg turned the tables. Each driver had time for three laps in the shortened session and Rosberg’s best lap was 1.044s faster than his illustrious team mate’s. Afterwards Schumacher said he’d taken too much out of his tyres on his first run in Q3:

On my last run in Q3, I wanted to secure a lap time and then go for the second lap but after I finished my first quick lap, the tyres were already gone so I could not go for it anymore.
Michael Schumacher

The times show Rosberg took care of his tyres on his first run:

Schumacher

1’51.717
1’51.827
1’52.479

Rosberg

1’56.151
1’50.673
1’51.448

At the head of the field was Mark Webber, who a gamble to run intermediate tyres and successded – exactly the sort of tactic we came to expect from Schumacher in his day. Immediately behind Webber on the grid are a roster of four German drivers – none of them Michael Schumacher.

It’s another result for him to grin and bear. At what point do we start asking how many of them he’s willing to put up with?

Compare Michael Schumacher’s form against his team mate in 2010

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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122 comments on Schumacher fails to shine in rain

  1. Don said on 3rd April 2010, 23:31

    What made this site fantastic was the pure journalism. There were no favourites, no hype. The page was full of images, insight, history and facts.

    I’m not the only one that’s pointed this out; but people came to this sight because there was no page 3 articles and pulp trash headline grabbing.

    I’ll come back after a few races and see if the sight has put the original author back on. The one that just loved racing.

  2. jeff said on 4th April 2010, 6:02

    Been following F1 since the days of Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt. MS has stood out as not being the fastest driver of any generation (think Senna was) but was the most complete one in terms of team motivation, speed in any condition, ability to develop the machines and race craft. He showed that F1 is a team effort and was the first F1 driver to acknowledge the team after every race.
    His come back will take time (who can predict how many races), but he will get there. RB is one of the shrewdest cookies in the business and would not have risked inviting a “has been” back. RB knows MS the best and we will see how the team develops.

  3. James Alias said on 4th April 2010, 22:01

    another matter some (no many) people seem to overlook, that how much effort schumacher has to put in just in order to be back in F1, physically.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOTZTMfB4-U&feature=related

    this is at the end of the monaco gp in 1992, nigel mansell is 39 in this video and can barely stand, has to be carried to the podium. imagine the fitness schumacher has and needs in order to compete at this level at the age of 41.

  4. Robert Smith said on 5th April 2010, 1:41

    I like reserve any comment on the GREATEST AND RICHEST DRIVER IN THE WORLD Michael Schumacher!

  5. Lobo said on 5th April 2010, 5:07

    Schumacher has being out-qualified and out-run by his team-mate, fair and square and not even the rain has brought him the results he is looking for since the beginning of the season. Maybe he’ll catch up in the comming races, but for the moment my feeling is that he’s being beat up by his no-so-great team-mate.

  6. Anthony said on 5th April 2010, 11:33

    I think Schumi is doing a pretty good job and has cut the gap to Rosberg
    with each race. Remember 2007 and how long it took Alonso to get used to the new tyres McLaren used, but by mid-season he was up to speed.
    Schu is getting used to the whole package. I think by Europe we’ll see a return to his true form..

  7. Alexi said on 5th April 2010, 18:42

    What Anthony said. Schumacher have been cutting off 0.2s of Rosberg’s advantage each training session. He was just unlucky in the last two races.

  8. wasiF1 said on 6th April 2010, 3:19

    I expected Schumacher to be quick in rain. It’s true that the Merecedes lack pace then Ferrari & Red Bull on a dry track but if Nico can pull the car up there what’s wrong for Schumacher.

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