Another setback (Mercedes team review)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Having hoped to qualify on the third row Mercedes only scraped one car into Q3.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 11 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.026 (+0.008) 1’15.018
Race position 9 8
Average race lap 1’19.860 (+0.048) 1’19.811
Laps 66/67 66/67
Pit stops 1 1

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Michael Schumacher

Schumacher’s spirits were high after Friday practice, saying:

If everything goes as it should tomorrow, we should reach fifth or sixth position, which is a step forward, and maybe even more in the race.
Michael Schumacher

But a late improvement from Nico H???lkenberg in Q2 left Schumacher in 11th place.

The team chose not to gamble on starting the race on medium tyres, and that seemed to pay off when Schumacher picked up three places on the first lap, mainly thanks to his good start from the clean side of the grid.

He would almost certainly have stayed ahead of his team mate but for the time he lost on lap 23. I’ve not been able to find out why, but he lost around a second on that lap and dropped back slightly from Kubica.

This meant that when Rosberg came out of the pits he was able to stay in front of Schumacher.

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

Nico Rosberg

There wasn’t much between them in qualifying – Rosberg beat Schumacher into Q3 by just eight thousandths of a second.

Like Jenson Button, Rosberg ran long on his first stint and gained a position from it. But he wasn’t able to pass Kubica after his stop.

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

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