Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011

Collisions spoil Mercedes’ start to the season

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Both Mercedes drivers retired after being hit by rivals in Melbourne.

Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Qualifying position 11 7
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’25.971 (+0.365) 1’25.606
Race position
Laps 19/58 22/58
Pit stops 2 1

Mercedes drivers’ race lap times:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Michael Schumacher 161.428 103.027 96.602 96.062 95.839 95.581 95.794 97.682 96.764 98.516 97.483 95.422 95.319 97.854 98.276 96.991 117.213 102.267 95.367
Nico Rosberg 105.34 95.808 95.436 95.81 96.837 94.856 94.619 94.624 94.691 94.021 94.097 94.862 94.407 94.135 94.473 114.239 102.954 94.939 94.011 93.614 93.503 94.6
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2011

Michael Schumacher

Having missed the cut for Q3 by a tenth of a second, Schumacher lined up 11th on the grid.

He was hit by Jaime Alguersuari at turn three and had to pit to replace a punctured tyre at the end of lap one.

The floor of the Mercedes was also damaged, causing handling problems. Schumacher said: “As the damage was quite substantial, we decided to stop the car for safety reasons.”

Nico Rosberg

Qualified seventh and held the place at the start but was passed by Fernando Alonso on the outside of turn one as they began lap five.

Rosberg switched to hard tyres at his first pit stop but left left him prey to Rubens Barrichello who ran into him on lap 22.

The impact damaged Rosberg side pod, he lost water pressure and retired shortly afterwards.

Ross Brawn said: “This has obviously been a very frustrating weekend for our team.

“Michael’s race was spoilt almost immediately with a collision which eventually caused sufficient damage to force us to retire the car.

“Nico was running reasonably well, however an over-ambitious move from Rubens, which the stewards also agreed with, brought his race to an end.

“It’s a disappointing end to a disappointing first weekend of the season. We will demonstrate our strength as a team, put this race behind us, regroup and go forward from here.”

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