Recovery drives (Mercedes race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Despite starting from what was by far their worst grid positions of the year – 14th and 21st – the Mercedes duo scored 14 points.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 21 14
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’47.874 (-0.011) 1’47.885
Race position 7 6
Average race lap 2’01.814 (+0.072) 2’01.742
Laps 44/44 44/44
Pit stops 1 1

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Michael Schumacher

Felt he could have got into the top ten in qualifying but caught traffic in Q2. His ten-place grid penalty from Hungary dropped him to 21st.

He was up to 12th after the safety car came in and, having started on hard tyres, stayed out while other drivers pitted or ran into trouble. Schumacher pounced on his team mate while Rosberg was battling Vitaly Petrov, sweeping by to take tenth place.

He got up to fourth at one point before being passed by Adrian Sutil – Schumacher defending his position rather less firmly than he did at the Hungaroring.

On lap 34 he made his sole pit stop, switching to intermediate tyres as the worst of the rain arrived. Rosberg returned the favour at Les Combes after the final restart, edging Schumacher onto the grass

I ‘met’ Nico twice out on the track today. The first time, I had the better go in a nice racing duel and the second time was right after the re-start where I had to lift a little up into Eau Rouge due to the car in front which Nico used to fly past me. All in all, Spa turned out to be nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped for.

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

Nico Rosberg

Had to change his gearbox after final practice meaning he got a five-place grid penalty. But, due to other drivers collecting grid penalties, he only dropped from 12th to 14th.

Rosberg ran a set-up geared towards wet conditions on his car and he made good use of it at the final restart, passing Kamui Kobayashi and his team mate to finish sixth. Like Schumacher, he only made a single stop, switching from hard to intermediate tyres.

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

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