First zero of 2010 (Mercedes race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes failed to score for the first time in 2010 at the Hungaroring.

And Michael Schumacher came in for criticism after a dangerous move on Rubens Barrichello.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 14 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’21.630 (+0.819) 1’20.811
Race position 11
Average race lap 1’28.262 (-1.436) 1’29.699
Laps 69/70 15/70
Pit stops 1 1

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Michael Schumacher

Mercedes’ persistent trouble with its W01 was plain for all to see. They spent Friday evaluating which of its Hockenheim upgrades to take off the car and decided to swap the new floor for the old one.

But during final practice Schumacher received a radio message during Saturday practice telling him his rear wing wasn’t working properly either.

Schumacher attributed the massive gap to his team mate in qualifying – eight tenths of a second – to him taking a different direction on set-up.

He moved up to 11th at the restart but was mugged by Kamui Kobayashi as racing resumed and lost a place.

Lewis Hamilton’s retirement and Rubens Barrichello’s pit stop promoted him to tenth – a place he defended fiercely when Barrichello caught him late in the race.

Schumacher came dangerously close to causing a huge crash when he veered towards Barrichello as the Williams driver came by at the start of lap 65.

The stewards took a dim view of his driving and handed him a ten-place grid drop for the Belgian Grand Prix. Afterwards Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn defended his move, saying he left Barrichello enough space.

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

Nico Rosberg

Despite the vagaries of the W01 Rosberg generally plugs away, gets the job done and brings home points.

He looked on course for more points today but for the problem at his pit stop. The right-rear wheel wasn’t put on the car properly and it came off, forcing him to retire.

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

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