Mercedes race review
The 2009 constructors’ champions finish fourth in the championship this year after the Brazilian Grand Prix.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’18.923 (-0.563)||1’19.486|
Started ahead of Rosberg for only the third time in 18 races.
He was passed by Felipe Massa and Jenson Button at the start, but re-passed the McLaren at the Senna S at the start of lap three.
Schumacher got unlucky with his lap 20 pit stop, as it coincided with Button’s pass on Adrian Sutil. That delayed Sutil, meaning Schumacher came out of the pits right on the Force India driver’s tail, where he stayed for the next 30 laps.
His team mate appeared behind him after the safety car period and Schumacher allowed him by:
I had quite a good start today gaining two positions which unfortunately I lost again directly afterwards following my exit on the grass because of the fight with Robert.
We then had good pace but with hindsight, my pit stop was maybe a little too early which left me stuck behind Adrian.
Towards the end, I let Nico past when he was on fresh tyres as he had the better chance to fight Jenson in front of us.
Unusually, Rosberg failed to make it into Q3, for which he blamed Sebastien Buemi:
We were on for a good result in qualifying today but on the drying track, the intermediate tyres were only good for one fast lap and I was blocked by Buemi on my lap in Q2.
He managed to finish sixth despite three visits to the pits. He gained two places at the start and was running fourth when he came in for the first time on lap 26 to switch from super-soft to medium tyres.
Schumacher had been so badly held up by Sutil that this promoted Rosberg to seventh, which became sixth when Kamui Kobayashi pitted.
Mercedes chose to bring Rosberg in for a fresh set of tyres under the cover of the safety car, as he was the last runner on the lead lap when it came out. But the pit stop was a shambles as a radio problem meant the mechanics did not know what tyres to fit.
However Rosberg was able to come back in three laps later, still behind the safety car, for more tyres.
This meant he lost a place to Schumacher, who let Rosberg up into sixth place, Schumacher no doubt wishing Rosberg had done the same in Suzuka.
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
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- Kubica frustrated by Hülkenberg’s defence
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