Podium for Rosberg as Schumacher struggles (Mercedes race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Silverstone 2010

The British Grand Prix was a race of mixed fortunes for the Mercedes drivers.

Nico Rosberg claimed his third podium finish of 2010 as the team bounced back from a couple of poor results.

However Michael Schumacher endured a difficult race, being passed by Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel, leaving him ninth.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 10 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.430 (+0.805) 1’30.625
Race position 9 3
Average race lap 1’38.458 (+0.39) 1’38.067
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 1 1

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Michael Schumacher

Reached Q3 but made mistakes on both his qualifying efforts and lined up tenth, 0.8 seconds slower than Rosberg.

He ran seventh but lost two places when he went off the track after his pit stop. He dropped another two places when he was passed by Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel, both on the run from The Loop towards Brooklands.

His fastest lap was 1.2 seconds slower than Rosberg’s. Schumacher said:

Again a race which I am not really happy about today. It was OK and seeing Nico on the podium is good for the team but my race was obviously less rewarding. I was in traffic for most of the race and did not really have a clear track.
Michael Schumacher

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

Nico Rosberg

After Mercedes’s problems with their exhaust-driven diffuser upgrade at Valencia – where they’d had to replace their rear carbon fibre suspension components with titanium ones to stop them melting – the car looked more competitive at Silverstone and Rosberg was clearly happier with it.

Having qualified fifth he moved up to fourth at the start. He took third during the pit stops by staying out two laps later than Robert Kubica and banging in the fastest lap of the race up to that point.

He had Jenson Button all over him after the safety car period but looked secure in third place, and duly claimed his third podium finish of the year.

Compare Nico Rosberg’s form against his team mate in 2010

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